Rosendale Refuses to Answer Questions After Being “Exposed” For Skirting Campaign Finance Laws

Brooke BainumNews

Helena – This morning must’ve started out rough for wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale when he realized scrutiny of his shady campaign finance scheme won’t be going away any time soon.

Today, Yellowstone Public Radio reported on Rosendale’s scheme to skirt campaign finance laws. End Citizens United, a campaign finance reform group, called out Rosendale for running around the law to avoid contribution limits in what “looks a lot like [a] money laundering scheme.”

Montana State Representative Bryce Bennett (D-Missoula) also called out Rosendale for finding a way to let “big, out-of-state donors give his campaign more money than what is legally allowed.”

It has been a week since the The Daily Beast exposed Rosendale’s shady tactic, and Rosendale has still refused to comment. It’s obvious that Rosendale hopes this is yet another bad news story for him that will go away—but Montanans won’t let him off the hook so easily. READ MORE:

Yellowstone Public Radio: A Campaign Finance Reform Group Calls On Rosendale To Return Donations Or Give Money To Charity
July 19, 2018
By Jackie Yamanaka

Key points:

  • “A campaign finance reform group has called out a move by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale for allegedly moving money around to skirt campaign finance laws. They said it’s another sign Rosendale is trying to hide who is donating to his campaign.”
  • “‘Instead of retiring debt and paying himself back, what he really did was use that money to avoid contribution limits, doing an end run around the law,’ said Tiffany Muller, president of […] End Citizens United.”
  • “‘It’s actually been called something that looks a lot like money laundering scheme.’”
  • “State Representative Bryce Bennett, D-Missoula. said what Rosendale did was find a way to let big, out-of-state donors give his campaign more money than what is legally allowed.”
  • “Rosendale spokesman Shane Scanlon was contacted via email and asked for a response. He replied simply with one word, ‘decline.’”

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