Downing Attempts to Rewrite Record on Public Lands  

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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Downing Attempts to Rewrite Record on Public Lands

Helena, MT – In a Montana Standard op-ed, Republican candidate for State Auditor Troy Downing wrote off defending public access as an afterthought of service on the Land Board, and said that Montanans don’t need people “looking to secure a career in politics by running for offices that they don’t understand.”

On the latter point, we can agree.

Troy Downing’s political career has been characterized by repeated instances of disregard for and ignorance of Montana law. In July, the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices found Troy Downing violated Montana campaign finance law on seven separate counts. Downing’s campaign described the violations as “administrative at best,” demonstrating a clear disregard for Montana’s campaign fairness and transparency laws. 

It wasn’t the first time that Downing flouted Montana laws. In 2017, he was charged with nine hunting violations on instances ranging from 2011 to 2016, and pled guilty in July of 2018 to having obtained resident hunting licenses as a non-resident and unlawfully procuring a license or permit.

“Montanans don’t need lectures on public lands management from a man who lied about his out-of-state residency to score a cheaper hunting license,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “Troy Downing’s flagrant, repeated disregard for Montana law over the course of his political career tells Montanans all they need to know — he’s nothing more than a wealthy carpetbagger who thinks the rules don’t apply to him.”


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