Gianforte Opposed Full, Permanent Funding for LWCF for Years

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Gianforte Opposed Full, Permanent Funding for LWCF for Years
 
Gianforte Acknowledges GAOA Only After it Passes Senate
Helena, MT – After the Senate had already passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), Rep. Greg Gianforte, who had opposed the bill as recently as last week, decided that if it was going to pass anyway, he may as well come along for the ride. Facing off this November against noted public lands champion Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, Gianforte is hoping Montanans ignore his history as an outspoken opponent of full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Throughout his career, Greg Gianforte has made his position on public lands clear. He sued Montana to block access to a local fishing hole nearby one of his several properties, he supports the transfer of management of federal land, and he authored legislation to strip protections from nearly 700,000 acres of public lands — without public input — a move described by conservation advocates as potentially “the single biggest rollback of protected public lands in Montana history.” Lending meaningless support to the GAOA in an election year after months of vocal opposition does little to rehabilitate Greg Gianforte’s lifelong crusade against public lands. 

“Montanans need leaders they can trust to stand up for public lands,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “No matter what he says, Gianforte’s history undermining public access and ignoring the vast majority of Montanans will never be forgotten. 76% of Montanans support the LWCF – Greg Gianforte should have been one of the GAOA’s first supporters in Congress.”

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