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Saturday, October 31, 2020
SPOOKY: Downing and Jacobsen, Running to Regulate Securities and Elections, Violate Montana Campaign Finance Law Several Times
Christi Failed to Disclose $30k in Personal Contributions and Expenditures
Downing Racks Up His NINTH Campaign Finance Violation of the Cycle
Helena, MT – Christi Jacobsen and Troy Downing, running to regulate Montana elections and the insurance and securities industries respectively, have racked up an impressive handful of campaign finance violations.
Christi Jacobsen failed to disclose more than $30,000 in contributions and expenditures, including a personal contribution of $10,000, and a $20,000 expenditure to a Las Vegas consulting firm. Jacobsen has recently found herself in hot water after her office knowingly overcharged Montana small businesses, and refused to issue proactive refunds or notify defrauded customers. She has refused to take responsibility for scamming hundreds of Montana business owners.
Troy Downing improperly paid off primary debts with general election funds, and failed to report over $10k in primary debts. The two violations bring his total for the campaign up to NINE, after he was found to have violated Montana campaign finance law on seven separate counts in July. Downing has also received criticism for his California residency and his guilty plea in acquiring in-state resident hunting licenses without in-state residency. This on top of alleged death threats against his ex-wife in sworn court records.
“Christi Jacobsen and Troy Downing have proven several times over that they can’t be trusted to hold public office,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “Both are running to oversee incredibly complex regulatory systems, and both have proven that they aren’t up to the task. Montanans deserve better.”
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