STATEMENT: District Court Disqualifies MTGOP Fraudulent Effort to Mislead Montanans and Tamper with Elections

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STATEMENT: District Court Disqualifies MTGOP Fraudulent Effort to Mislead Montanans and Tamper with Elections
 
Helena, MT – In response to a Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge’s decision to nullify the MTGOP’s efforts to mislead Montana voters and tamper with Montana elections, the Montana Democratic Party released the following statement:

“Today, the court, in no uncertain terms, stated what Montanans have known for months now — the Montana GOP engaged in a massive fraudulent effort to mislead Montana voters in an effort to tamper with our elections,” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “Today’s decision is not only a victory for the hundreds of Montanans who were lied to in the course of this effort — it’s a victory for the integrity of Montana’s elections.”

Judge Reynolds, in his decision, said:

“The actions of the MTGOP and its agents demonstrated that its misrepresentations and failure to disclose in violation of Montana campaign finance law were intentionally designed to create an advantage for the MTGOP at the expense of unwitting signers. The MTGOP’s conduct regarding its disclosure obligations — under a disclosure regime enacted in direct response to the very same petitioning firm gathering signatures for the very same petition just two years earlier — further demonstrates that these misrepresentations and failures to disclose were designed to confer a strategic benefit.

Judge Reynolds’ decision disqualifies the Montana Green Party from the Montana 2020 general election ballot.
 

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