“Matt, you can talk a good story, but facts don’t lie” — Russell Fagg earlier this year
Helena – As he appeared with East Coast developer Matt Rosendale today, it must have been tough for ethically challenged Russell Fagg to try to convince Montanans (and himself, frankly) that he actually supports Rosendale.
Just a few short months ago, during the GOP primary, Fagg couldn’t stop attacking Rosendale:
- For being dishonest about his support for transferring public lands
- For his out-of-state endorsements
- For pretending to be a rancher
- For being “swamp-like”
- And for having East Coast, not Montana, values.
While Fagg faced many ethics challenges of his own, maybe he thinks that his own ethics problems don’t look so bad compared to Rosendale’s own ethically shady record:
- Dropped charges against top campaign donors: Rosendale received nearly $13,000 from reps of a company under investigation by the auditor’s office. Once in office, Rosendale met with company reps and then dropped the fines and charges.
- Potentially illegal coordination: Audio of Rosendale raised “serious questions of potentially illicit coordination” between his campaign and a dark money group.
- Skirting campaign finance limits: Rosendale cooked the books in what “looks a lot like [a] money laundering scheme,” effectively allowing high-dollar donors to exceed the legal individual contribution limit.
- Claimed Maryland residency in 2015: Rosendale signed under penalty of perjury to be a Maryland resident in 2015 to claim a tax break – then he blamed his title company and claimed he sold it at loss, but new documents show he actually made roughly half a million dollars from the sale.
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