It Only Goes Up, Up, Up #Obamacare

Around 40,000 Montanans will see premium increases between 20-45% next year because of Obamacare. Bottom line:The rates for 2016 are going up – a lot.”

Montana Obamacare Premium Increases:

Montana Health CO-OP: 30-40%

PacificSource: 30%

Blue Cross Blue Shield: 18-25%

When President Obama promised Obamacare would reduce premiums by $2,500 it was more than just a broken promise, premiums have actually increased by nearly $2,500 for Montanans because of Obamacare.

Working-class Montanans actually pay an extra $189 every month for their health care plans because of Obamacare– taking $2,300 from our paycheck every year.

And, more money will now be taken from our paycheck with this recent 20-45% premium increase.

You can’t count on Montana Democrats to fight back against Obamacare or protect us from this financial hardship because they don’t stand with the 56% of Montanans who oppose Obamacare.

Democrat State Auditor Monica Lindeen– who currently regulates the insurance marketplace– said, “She was pleasantly surprised to see rumors of dramatic price increases under the Affordable Care Act are not happening in Montana.” Not true.

Democrat Jesse Laslovich– who’s running to replace Lindeen as State Auditor– supports Obamacare and said, “People will have lower premiums.” Again, not true.

Senator Tester continues to support Obamacare, well, because he’s always willing to do Obama’s bidding.

As for Governor Bullock, when given the opportunity to protect working-class Montana families from Obamacare refused to join a lawsuit challenging Obamacare.

Bullock’s loyalty to President Obama and the Democrat Party has been rewarded. The Democratic Governors Association (DGA)– which Bullock now runs and raises millions in dark money– wired nearly $3 million to a group who ran political ads supporting Bullock’s 2012 run for governor.

One of the political ads touted Bullock’s efforts defending and protecting Obamacare.

Will more money be funneled into Montana from the DGA because Bullock supports Obamacare? Time will tell …

Most disturbing of all, Bullock has amassed a $3 million dark money war-chest (and counting) for his work at the DGA, and it’s only a matter of time before Bullock’s dark money floods the state to support his re-election campaign.

MTDEMS Support War on Coal; Bullock Plays Both Sides

If you want more proof Montana Democrats have turned their backs on working-class Montanans just look to the 34 Democrat lawmakers who wrote a letter to Governor Bullock supporting President Obama’s War on Coal that will shut down our coal industry and eliminate thousands of good, high-paying jobs– including union jobs.

Get this– these Montana Democrats actually admit the Obama-EPA job-killing energy regulations will be “disruptive and somewhat costly.”

Where’s Bullock on this issue? Don’t be fooled by his political games– Bullock’s playing both sides. Here’s the reality: Bullock doesn’t actually fight for the livelihoods of Montana coal workers and their families.

Bullock’s position on the finalized Obama-EPA job-killing energy regulations has already shifted.

  • In August, when Obama announced the finalized regulations, Bullock claimed to be “extremely disappointed.”
  • In September, “Bullock appeared more optimistic.

Bullock continues to make misleading claims that these regulations won’t shut down our coal industry.

  • Bullock promised: “Montana’s strategy will not require existing coal-fired power plants to shut down.
  • In reality, the War on Coal shut down the Corette power plant in Billings.

Obama’s next target in the War on Coal: Shut down Colstrip.

  • Nine coal-fired units in Montana could be affected, including the four-unit Colstrip. (Great Falls Tribune, 09/19/2014)
  • Continuing an ongoing wave of coal-plant shutdowns. (POLITICO, 08/01/2015)

Bullock will continue to mislead Montanans about his (alleged) support for our coal industry since he has until 2018 to submit a plan– which conveniently works out well for his re-election campaign next year.

If Bullock wins– mark our words– he will turn his back on the working-class and implement the Obama-EPA job-killing energy regulations– he already decided to comply with Obama’s draft regulations.

One final note– Bullock failed to attend a critical coal meeting in August where Obama’s proposed double coal tax was the topic of discussion; nor did he attend the pro-coal rally across the street in Billings. This is just another example highlighting Bullock’s failure to defend and fight for Montana coal workers and their families.

President Obama is proposing a double coal tax here in Montana to increase energy prices and property taxes– this serves as another weapon in Obama’s arsenal as he tries to shut down our coal industry.

If Bullock really stood with the working-class he would lead the fight against Obama’s War on Coal and do everything he could to protect their good, high-paying jobs and their livelihoods. He’s not. Just expect to hear more double talk from Bullock.

What is Bullock Hiding? Dark Money Fundraiser … Dark Money Haul …

It was reported Governor Bullock is bringing his dark money group to Whitefish, Montana this weekend to plot how he can raise more dark money and funnel his dark money into Montana for his re-election.

The report also verifies Bullock raised $3 million in dark money.

Bullock won’t acknowledge his dark money or speak to the issue: “Governor Bullock wouldn’t talk to us on camera for this story.
Bullock doesn’t want to face reality: He’s raising and spending millions in dark money after preaching against the evils of dark money his entire career.

Bullock lives a double life when it comes to dark money. Here at home he has no problem condemning dark money but then he travels out-of-state and raises and spends millions in dark money.

It gets worse …

Bullock promised: “Dark money won’t be spent to influence elections.

Except, Bullock used his dark money group to spend over $1 million in Pennsylvania to attack Republicans and promote the Democrat Governor, influencing eventual elections.

Bullock also demanded every dark money group in the country “tell us where the check comes from”– quite hypocritical given Bullock won’t disclose who bankrolled his millions in dark money.

It’s only a matter of time before Governor Bullock’s dark money shows up here in Montana to help with his re-election. Bullock doesn’t want to talk about his dark money but Montanans deserve to know the truth: Bullock is raising and spending millions in dark money for his own personal benefit.

Tester’s Support for Iran Deal Means …

Senator Tester voted again to block an up-or-down vote on President Obama’s Iran Deal today. This comes on the heels of Tester’s vote last week when he refused to allow the deal be brought up for debate. Tester stands against the strong majority of Montanans who oppose the Iran Deal. You can’t trust Tester because he sold out the safety and security of our county when he supported the Iran Deal. Tester has lost all perspective on our national security trusting Iran when they are the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, lie about their nuclear program, and continue to threaten the U.S. and Israel.

Senator Tester’s Support for Iran Deal Means:

  • U.S. will help protect Iran’s nuclear facilities from potential attacks
  • Iranian inspectors– not the international community– investigate suspected nuclear facilities
  • No anywhere, anytime inspections; Iran gets 24 days to delay inspections, which is enough time for them to clean-up the suspected nuclear site. When inspectors do arrive, it will be Iranians who investigate the site
  • Iran will get access to over $100 billion in frozen assets; allowing them to fund terrorism worldwide and threaten our safety and security

Tester Says Give Iran A Chance

Senator Tester voted to block an up or down vote on the Iran bill earlier today.

Tester’s vote shows he believes our voices should be silenced and doesn’t want to listen to the 60% of Montanans who oppose the Iran Deal.

However, Tester wants to listen to “the folks who know Iran much better than I do.

So now Tester believes America should listen to Iran’s friendsi.e. Russia, Syria, Hezbollah, etc– who say trust Iran?

Tester has gone so far as to say we should give Iran a chance.

Iran can’t be trusted; Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism, continues to make threats against the U.S. and Israel, and lies about their nuclear program and ambitions.

The fact that Tester believes we should give Iran a chance shows just how out of touch he is with the 60% of Montanans who oppose the Iran Deal and how far he’s willing to go to appease President Obama’s disastrous foreign policy.

Senator Schumer– another member of Senate Democrat leadership– stood up to President Obama and warnedwe will be worse off with this agreement than without it.”

Montanans can’t trust Tester to stand up to Obama. You’ve got to wonder whose side Tester is on when he attacks our military and Israel as “the only people who say this isn’t the right thing.”

Tester has no problem comparing Iran’s desire for nuclear weapons to smoking pot. Tester might be an expert at blowing smoke but no rational person could possibly believe Iran is a trustworthy regime.

And, where is Tester tonight? Fundraising with Vice President Biden in NYC to raise money for Democrat Senate candidates (Price Tag: $5,000 per seat).

You can’t trust Iran. You can’t trust Senator Tester.

Chairman Essmann Statement on Stapleton Run for Secretary of State

Helena, MT – Chairman of the Montana Republican Party Jeff Essmann released the following statement today on Corey Stapleton’s decision to run for Montana Secretary of State:

We couldn’t be more excited to have Corey Stapleton announce his candidacy for Montana Secretary of State. Corey is a trusted conservative leader who has a record fighting to advance conservative policies and better the lives of hardworking Montana families.”

Corey is well known around the state for his extensive small business experience, exemplary military service, staunch defender of our hard-earned tax dollars, and a committed family man. There is no doubt in my mind that he is a strong Republican candidate and we are grateful he has decided to run for Secretary of State.”

Corey presents a strong contrast with Monica Lindeen, the announced Democrat candidate, a career politician who simply wishes to extend her long tenure as a bureaucrat in Helena. Lindeen has failed to keep her promises to reduce health insurance costs, supports and implemented Obamacare, and authorized premium increases that have harmed Montana families.”

FACT CHECK: Tester Supports Obama-EPA Water Rule

I want to call your attention to an article from earlier this week that made misleading claims about Senator Tester’s position on WOTUS. Tester’s alleged “concerns” for Obama’s water rule is nothing more than empty rhetoric designed to mislead Montanans about his actual support for the water rule.

FACT: Tester Supports Obama-EPA Water Power Grab

  • Tester already voiced support for Obama’s water rule a few months ago.
  • Tester voted against ending Obama’s water power grab earlier this year.
  • Tester isn’t even listed as a co-sponsor on a bipartisan bill that blocks Obama and the EPA from regulating any body of water they unilaterally declare subject to their oversight.

If President Obama, the EPA, and Senator Tester are left unchecked our access to water and property rights will be controlled by DC bureaucrats. If the federal government controls our water, they control our livelihoods.

Tester has already cast his bidding in support of Obama and the EPA– not Montanans. You can’t trust Tester because he’ll say anything to mislead Montanans but he can’t hide from his record supporting Obama and the EPA’s fringe environmental agenda.

MTGOP VIDEO: Where Did Bullock’s Dark Money Checks Come From?

The Montana Republican Party today released the following video, “Where Did Bullock’s Dark Money Checks Come From?” highlighting Governor Bullock’s efforts demanding transparency from everyone but himself when it comes to dark money in elections. Bullock’s appalling level of hypocrisy knows no bounds as he denies raising dark money despite raising over $4 million in dark money this year as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA). Bullock refuses to tell Montanans the source of his dark money, so in the words of the Governor: “Just tell us where the check comes from!”

Where Did Bullock’s Dark Money Checks Come From?
Click here to view the video.


Bullock raised $17 million for the DGA this year but only disclosed around $13 million.

The remaining $4 million is unaccounted for– this represents Bullock’s dark money haul.

Bullock raised over $4 million in dark money and refuses to say who wrote his dark money checks.

Tester Backs Obama-Iran Deal Over Security of Our Nation

Helena, MT – The Montana Republican Party today released the following statement on Senator Tester’s decision to support the Obama-Iran deal which threatens the security of our nation:

“By backing this deal, Senator Tester continues to follow President Obama with blind party ideology, putting our national security at risk and giving Iran the ability to develop a nuclear weapon. It’s beyond comprehension that Tester would put Obama’s failed foreign policy agenda ahead of the safety and welfare of Montanans and all Americans.”

Gov. Hypocrite ALERT: Bullock Blasts Dark Money in Aspen; Raised $4M in Dark Money

Governor Bullock attended a Summer Policy Conference in Aspen, Colorado this past weekend as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), and participated in a conversation about the role of dark money in our political system. During this discussion, Bullock continues his hypocritical charges of railing against dark money while raising and spending this very same dark money to influence elections. Bullock’s remarks can be viewed here; quotes below start at 4:00.

RHETORIC: Bullock Calls for Dark Money Transparency

“If you want to spend money to influence the elections
just tells us where the check comes from.”

The voter ought to at least know who’s writing that check.


REALITY: Bullock Raises Over $4 Million in Dark Money

Bullock raised $17 million for the DGA in the first half of 2015 but he only disclosed around $13 million.

The remaining $4 million is unaccounted for and represents the amount of dark money Bullock raised so far this year.

Bullock refuses to reveal the sources and amounts of his dark money.


RHETORIC: Bullock Blasts Use of Dark Money Groups

Nobody knows who’s spending all this money because they do it through 501(c)(4)’s and others.”

REALITY: Bullock Uses Dark Money Group; Spends $1 Million to Attack PA Republicans, Boost Dem Gov

Bullock’s dark money organization has now spent over $1 million in attack-ads against Pennsylvania Republicans to help set-up his fellow Democrat Governor for re-election.

America Works has already spent more than $1 million on TV, radio and mailings.
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 07/26/2015)

Organizations are what the IRS calls 501(c)(4) entities — nonprofits that can engage in political activity without identifying donors, as traditional political campaigns must do. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 07/26/2015)

America Works USA is allied with the Democratic Governors Association, which like its Republican counterpart has used a 501(c)(4) to wage state battles across the country. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 07/26/2015)