ICYMI: Rosendale is a Do-Nothing Commissioner

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Friday, October 23, 2020

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ICYMI: Rosendale is a Do-Nothing Commissioner

Official Calendars Show Rosendale Has Worked an Hour or Less 69% of the Days Since Announcing His Bid for Congress

Helena, MT – Montanans have known for some time that Maryland Matt Rosendale is nothing more than a typical politician, more interested in reaching for the next rung on the political ladder than doing the job he was elected to do. 

Now we have the receipts.

A new report on Rosendale’s official calendars shows that since he announced his bid for Congress, 69% of Rosendale’s working days have included no more than one hour of work. And when he did come in to work, it was to meet with political allies and industry insiders backing his campaigns.

On election day Rosendale will have been running for Congress for 969 of the 1,401 days he has served as Auditor, with little to show for his time in office besides rubber-stamped rate hikes, and influx of predatory junk plans, and continued attack on Montanans with pre-existing conditions.

“Maryland Matt Rosendale is a hack, plain and simple,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “If he actually cared about getting things done for Montanans, he’d have spent the last four years doing the job he was elected — and paid — to do. Instead, he’s focused his energies on failed runs for other offices. Come November, he’s going to have to actually work for a living.”

Montana Post: Perpetual Candidate Matt Rosendale Has Worked an Hour or Less 69% of the Days Since Announcing His Bid for Congress
By: Don Pogreba

House candidate and current State Auditor Matt Rosendale has taken a $92,000 annual salary while putting in workdays that would embarrass a gentleman real estate developer pretending to be a rancher. A review of his official calendar reveals that since he announced his bid for Congress, 69% of Rosendale’s working days have included no more than one hour of work.

And when Rosendale does deign to attend his high-paying job, Rosendale attends conferences and meetings with insurance executives, lobbyists, and conservative political activists.

The review of Rosendale’s official calendar paints the picture quite clearly.

  • Between October 29, 2018, and April 24, 2020, Rosendale’s calendar was entirely empty on 128 of 372 working days.
  • During that same window of time, Rosendale had one hour or less of work on his calendar for 89 of the 372 days.

Since announcing his latest bid for Congress, the numbers have gotten even worse. Rosendale announced he was running on Jun 17, 2019. Between that date and April 24, 2020, 69.6% of his workdays have had one hour or less scheduled.

  • During that window, Rosendale’s official calendar was empty 93 of 214 days.
  • And during that same time, Rosendale had one hour of work or less scheduled 56 of 214 days.

Sources at the Auditor’s office confirm that Rosendale is rarely seen at work, and when he does come to the office, there is little official work or attention to the details of the office.

While the calendar reveals just how infrequently Rosendale does come to work, it also shows that when he does, it’s often to meet with insurance executives, attend conferences “swarmed” with lobbyists, Big Pharma, and even individuals who have campaigned for him.

And some of those meetings are certainly striking. Rosendale’s calendar notes a meeting on April 5, 2019, with Chuck Denowh, a long-time conservative activist in Montana representing PhRMA, the largest trade group representing pharmaceutical companies in the country.

The influential Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which represents the most powerful drug companies in the country, is already one of the top lobbying spenders. But the group also extends its reach to influential conservative groups that are aligned with drugmakers against controls on drug prices.

Among its top recipients was the American Action Network, which received $2.5 million last year. The conservative “dark money” group, which took in $10 million from PhRMA since 2016, has consistently advocated policies favored by drugmakers.

PhRMA has contributed at least $10 million to American Action Network, a conservative dark money group pushing for relaxed regulations and more profits for Big Pharma, and through its sister super PAC the Congressional Leadership Fund, has spent over $500,000 to help Rosendale win this race.
PhRMA opposes almost every popular reform to bring down drug prices, including proposals to force manufacturers to negotiate prices with the federal government.

Rosendale also met with political activists during work time, with his January 11, 2019 schedule noting an hour with the Executive Director of the Montana Republican Party, Patrick Webb, and State Director of Americans for Prosperity David Herbst.

Americans for Prosperity has worked hard to elect Rosendale to Congress, with the outfit spending $284,524 supporting him in his failed bid against Jon Tester in 2018 and sending out tens of thousands of mailers to support his candidacy in 2020.

While doing his job doesn’t seem to motivate Rosendale to come to the office, it seems an opportunity to meet with his paymasters was enough to encourage Rosendale to set an alarm and pack a lunch for an hour of work at least a few times.

Rosendale, who will, on Election Day, have been running for Congress for 969 of the 1,401 days he has served as Auditor, has never shown any interest in doing the job Montanans pay him to do. Back in 2018, we reported that Rosendale spent more time campaigning than running, causing his fellow Republican Troy Downing, a man who knows not working, to opine that Rosendale “an opportunist, career politician…” who “looks like somebody that’s in it for themselves, especially in a state where, you know, we put him in office to do a job and he’s already looking for another one.”

Another Republican opponent, Judge Russ Fagg, accused Rosendale of using his office to fund his campaign rather than work:

In another line of attack, Fagg criticized Rosendale over his recent Invest in Montana tour conducted as state Commissioner of Securities and Exchange over the last month.

“It’s a 19-city tour paid for with a state slush fund,” Fagg said. “He’s taking workers, people from his office, on the Montana slush fund,” Fagg said. “He should have done it last year, but in the middle of the campaign it just doesn’t pass the smell test. At the end of the day, these are the things Democrats are going to bring up that makes Matt unelectable in November.”

Perhaps this refusal to work is at the heart of why Rosendale is just so desperate to get elected to Congress—it’s an even better potential scam than his tenure at the Auditor’s office.

The choice could not be clearer in 2020. Kathleen Williams is a worker who will put the people of Montana first, and Matt Rosendale is just a grifter using his office to enrich himself and further his political goals.

Kathleen Williams will work tirelessly for our interests. Matt Rosendale probably won’t even put in an hour.


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