Rosendale Dropped Penalties for Campaign Donors

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Friday, August 21, 2020

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Rosendale Dropped Penalties for Campaign Donors
Helena, MT – As Montanans Maryland Matt Rosendale’s next fundraising report, it bears reminding that in 2016, his official office brazenly dropped penalties for political donors to his campaign for Insurance Commissioner.

In a recent interview, Rosendale doubled down on the controversial move — one that the nonpartisan watchdog Campaign Legal Center called “disturbing.” Rosendale, when asked about the incident, passed the buck to his legal team, and doubled down on his decision to drop penalties against his political allies.

Pay-to-play politics is business as usual for a typical politician like Maryland Matt. In 2018, Rosendale raised $16,600 from short-term junk health insurance executives in Florida as Insurance Commissioner, cut himself a check with their money to pay down a personal loan, and then pushed predatory junk insurance onto working Montanans in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Maryland Matt Rosendale is a typical politician willing to engage in any kind of pay-to-play politics to get elected,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “If Rosendale will drop penalties for campaign donors as Insurance Commissioner, what will he do if elected to the U.S. House? Montanans can’t trust him to look out for them.”

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