LCV: Gianforte One of the “Worst of the Worst” Candidates for Conservation in the Entire Country

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LCV: Gianforte One of the “Worst of the Worst” Candidates for Conservation in the Entire Country

 

Helena, MT – Greg Gianforte’s infamous anti-public lands record is attracting national headlines. This week, the megamillionaire from New Jersey was named to the League of Conservation Voters Dirty Dozen,” a list of the twelve worst candidates for conservation running for office across the country.

As noted by LCV, Gianforte sued public land owners to block stream access to a popular fishing access site on the East Gallatin River.

But there’s more! Greg Gianforte wrote 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.”

Gianforte has also expressed support for anti-public lands zealots like William Perry Pendley, who has argued “for selling off almost all public lands.”

And Gianforte selected radical, anti-access attorney Kristen Juras to be his running mate, who has supported overturning Montana’s stream access law, argued for the “right to exclude,” and “is well known in the legal community for advocating an aggressive, anti-public access agenda.”

“On public lands, Greg Gianforte is nationally recognized as one of the worst candidates for public office in the entire country,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “Montanans simply can’t trust a gazillionaire from New Jersey to protect public lands, when he has spent his entire life working to block access and strip protections from them.”
 

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