For Immediate Release
Friday, Jan. 10, 2020
Contact: Nick Lockridge; 406.546.8211, [email protected]
Bought and Sold: Gianforte Accepts Koch Money He Once Shunned
HELENA – Despite being the most wealthy member of Congress, Greg Gianforte is showing Montanans no amount of personal wealth will keep him from being a Washington D.C. bought-and-paid-for politician.
Disclosed in Gianforte’s most recent filing with the Montana Office of Political Practices is a $5,000 contribution to his campaign from Koch Industries PAC. Montana’s campaign finance laws allow for a maximum of $710 contribution for the primary and general election to candidates for governor.
“Greg Gianforte’s campaign has the single, core belief that Gianforte can buy this election and use his office to benefit millionaires and out-of-state corporations,” said Sandi Luckey, Montana Democrats Executive Director. “As the richest member of Congress, Gianforte has proven that he’ll lie to anyone and break any promise to bring the DC swamp to Montana.”
In 2016, Gianforte ran for Governor while calling PAC money “special interest” cash and claiming to reject it.
The Koch brothers and their affiliated political entities spent millions in Montana since the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court ruling which ushered in an era of corporate dark money in politics, providing massive funding support for the kind of dark money candidates that will reject and deceive the voters to pass a series of cookie cutter laws in statehouses and D.C. that harm working families, schools, public safety, and communities. In lock step with this effort, they attempted to halt Medicaid Expansion, which provides health care to 1 in 10 of our friends and neighbors in Montana, as well as slash taxes for the super wealthy and sell our public lands.
In their eagerness to buy another election and help Gianforte bring the DC swamp to Montana Koch Industries PAC overcontributed to Gianforte’s campaign, which had to return $3,580.
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