MTGOP Files Complaint with Federal Election Commission Over Environmental Groups Potential Use of Foreign Contributions in Local Elections 

HELENA, Mont. – Today, the Montana Republican Party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission requesting an immediate investigation and enforcement action against the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and the Montana Conservation Voters Fund. 

“In an exchange during a municipal election in 2019, it was expressly stated that the League of Conservation Voters and Montana Conservation Voters financial support includes contributions from ‘big foundations and donors from around the country and world,’” said Spenser Merwin, MTGOP Executive Director. 

“Given the extent of these groups’ direct involvement in municipal, state, and federal campaigns throughout Montana, the threat of foreign contributions being used in any municipal, state, or federal election activity justifies a legitimate investigation to ensure they are complying with the law.” 

Foreign interference in any election in the United States through foreign-sourced contributions is prohibited under federal law. Therefore, the Montana Republican Party calls on Governor Bullock and all Montana Democrats in the 2020 election to reject any support from the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and the Montana Conservation Voters Fund until it is clear that resources spent on electioneering are not in any way sourced from foreign contributions.

Background: 

Democrats deride “dark money”, however, their candidates continue to benefit from undisclosed environmental groups like the League of Conservation Voters. Now there is a potential threat of foreign interference by way of the lack of disclosure for these politically active organizations.

The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund contributed $38,000 on September 6th, 2019 to the Montana Conservation Voters (MCV) Fund during a period coinciding with campaign expenditures from MCV in local municipal elections, including city council elections in Missoula and Billings.

Mailers, text messages, and other communications were issued through MCV urging the support for the organization’s endorsed candidates campaigning for Missoula City Council. 

During a text message exchange urging the support of a particular candidate, a member or employee of MCV stated that the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund is an organization that works on “federal races,” gives MCV “support grants from… time to time” and “is all legal work.” The individual also states that the League of Conservation Voters receives its support from “big foundations and donors around the country and world.”

Please find the full complaint here.   

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MTGOP Releases New Video: Big Sky Buy-Off 2.0

HELENA, Mont. – All it took was one meeting with Chuck Schumer to force Governor Bullock into the U.S. Senate race, marking the latest meddling by Democrat Party insiders in our Montana elections.

In a new video released by the Montana Republican Party today, Montanans are provided with a behind-the-scenes look into how key Democrat Party leaders have tried to control the outcome of Montana’s elections over the last six years.


Click HERE for video.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane… You may recall that back in 2014, President Obama, Senator Reid, and Governor Bullock cut a backroom deal to appoint Bullock’s then-Lieutenant Governor John Walsh to the U.S. Senate in an attempt to give him a leg up in the upcoming election.

That didn’t turn out so well when John Walsh had to drop out of the race for plagiarizing his college thesis.

Fast forward to today, Obama and Schumer applied the maximum pressure in private meetings with Bullock to arm-twist him into the race.

Remember – running for Senate was the last possible thing Bullock ever wanted to do. He said he wasn’t interested inexcited about, or found the race to be compelling

Steve Bullock is in this race for Chuck Schumer. He is not in this race for Montana.

Once again, the Democrat Party leaders got their way with their candidate of choice here in Montana. But if the past is any indication, this won’t end up going as they think.

Montanans deserve a U.S. Senator who is running to serve them – not Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama.

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Schumer’s New Puppet: Governor Steve Bullock

 

Montana Republican Party
Schumer’s New Puppet: Governor Steve Bullock

Chuck Schumer is having a great day. He just gained a new puppet in Gov. Steve Bullock.After months and months of denying interest in running for the Senate, as soon as Chuck Schumer got involved, Bullock changed his mind.

He was forced into a race he wasn’t interested inexcited about, or found to be compelling

All it took Schumer was one trip to Montana to bully Bullock into getting in line and reporting to him.

Let’s be clear, Steve Bullock does not report to Montana. Steve Bullock reports to Chuck Schumer.

When it comes to impeaching and removing Trumpbanning semi-automatic weaponssanctuary citiesthe Iran Deal, and a carbon tax, Bullock stands with Schumer and not with Montanans.

Montanans should know they can’t trust Governor Bullock.

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Montana Republican Party Releases Statement on Bullock Senate Run

 

Montana Republican Party
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9th, 2020
CONTACT: MTGOP
press@mtgop.org

Montana Republican Party Releases Statement on Bullock Senate Run

The Montana Republican Party released the following statement after Gov. Bullock formally announced he was running for U.S. Senate after months of adamant denials and consistent statements that he was not going to run:

“Governor Bullock is nothing more than Chuck Schumer’s puppet. If it only took one trip to Montana to bully him into running for Senate, can you imagine how easy it will be to get Bullock to vote for the Democrats’ socialist agenda,” said Spenser Merwin, Executive Director of the Montana Republican Party.

“When you look at his record, it’s clear that Bullock has moved further to the left with his support of a semi-automatic weapons ban, the Iran Deal, carbon tax, sanctuary cities, and wanting President Trump impeached and removed from office. Bullock’s in this race to please Chuck Schumer-not to serve the people of Montana.”

Bullock entered the U.S. Senate race after making previous statements that being a U.S. Senator “doesn’t interest him,” he “wouldn’t enjoy it,” and he wouldn’t find it “that compelling.”

BACKGROUND:

February 2018
Bullock: “Candidly, I Just Don’t Know If I Would Find Being A Senator That Compelling.” “Asked about the other 2020 option that many expect him to select – running for the Senate against Republican incumbent Steve Daines – he sounded considerably less enthusiastic. ‘I’ve been attorney general, and governor. I’m used to doing things, getting things done,’ he said. ‘I look at the things we’ve been able to get accomplished, even with three Republican-led Legislatures. We have gotten 91,000 more Montanans health care. We’ve gotten to where 85 percent of Montana schools have fiber connections. Things like that are tangible. ‘Candidly, I just don’t know if I would find being a senator that compelling.'” (David McCumber, “Bullock: 2020 presidential talk is early but interesting. Senate? Not so much,” Montana Standard, 2/7/18)

November 2018
Bullock: “I’ve Said Earlier [The Senate] Really Doesn’t Interest Me… But – Well, No. I Won’t Even Say ‘But.'” “Sen. Jon Tester’s (D-Mont.) 2018 reelection in Montana suggests Democrats could compete against GOP Sen. Steve Daines in 2020, and Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock – who is considering a presidential bid – could be a formidable foe. But it would require serious arm-twisting from Democrats to get him to jump in. ‘I’ve said earlier that really doesn’t interest me,’ Bullock said in an interview. ‘But – well, no. I won’t even say ‘but.”” (James Arkin, “Democrats face Trump-state gauntlet to take Senate in 2020,” Politico, 11/28/18)

March 2019
Bullock: “I’ve Expressed All Along [That] I Just Don’t Have An Interest In Running For U.S. Senate… I Think That My Skill Set, And What I’ve Done, I Just Wouldn’t Enjoy It, So I’d Ruled It Out.” “Bullock acknowledged that some in his party have urged him to challenge Daines, but he thinks there are other Democrats who could take that seat. Besides, he says, he doesn’t want that job. ‘I’ve expressed all along [that] I just don’t have an interest in running for U.S. Senate,’ Bullock said. ‘I think that my skill set, and what I’ve done, I just wouldn’t enjoy it, so I’d ruled it out.'” (John S. Adams, “MT Lowdown Podcast: Gov. Steve Bullock looks back on his political career, discusses legislative priorities, and discusses 2020,” Montana Free Press, 3/12/19)

May 2019
Bullock: “I Was Never Going To Run For The Senate… Never Been A Legislator And Have Great Respect For The Senators, But This Is Something That Never Really Got Me Excited.” “Bullock: ‘You know, Rachel, this wasn’t an either/or. Like I was never going to run for the Senate… And I do think that I have both the skills and abilities as an executive to bridge some divides. That’s the kind of work that I’ve always done… Never been a legislator and have great respect for the senators, but this is something that never really got me excited.'” (“Bullock brings voice of rural voters to Democratic 2020 race,” MSNBC, 5/15/19)

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MTGOP Files Ethics Complaint Against Governor Bullock

HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Republican Party today filed an official ethics complaint against Governor Steve Bullock alleging Bullock illegally used his state government resources during his failed campaign for President.

Executive Director Spenser Merwin filed the complaint with the state’s Commissioner of Political Practices, who is charged with enforcing state ethics laws.

The complaint alleges, and provides evidence, that Bullock illegally used multiple official state government social media accounts to campaign for office. Using state resources to further a political campaign is illegal in Montana.

“Governor Bullock spent years using state personnel, time, and resources to build up his official @GovernorBullock social media accounts, then turned around and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars using those same accounts in his embarrassing presidential campaign,” Merwin said. “This is an egregious abuse of Montana’s ethics laws, and Bullock needs to be held accountable for once again using taxpayer resources to campaign.”

“Now that Governor Bullock is flip-flopping on his word and readying yet another ill-advised campaign, COPP needs to act immediately to prevent the Governor from continuing to use taxpayer resources to advance his personal political ambitions,” Merwin continued. “Bullock needs to immediately stop the usage of his @GovernorBullock social media accounts to campaign, and COPP needs to hold him accountable and treat him the same as other elected officials. The Governor does not get a pass when it comes to Montana’s ethics laws.”

 

Detailed analysis of Bullock’s ethics violations and photo evidence of his law-breaking is available in the official ethics complaint.

 

You can view the full complaint HERE

 

 

Background: Bullock has a long history of abusing taxpayer dollars—and getting caught.

 

KULR8: Governor Bullock accused of wrongly spending taxpayer dollars (07/15/2019)

 

Great Falls Tribune: Governor to pay some security costs in presidential bid (07/15/2019)

 

KTVQ: Two Highway Patrol officers accompanied Bullock on his initial presidential campaign swing through Iowa last week, and the costs of that “executive protection” are borne by state taxpayers (05/22/2019)

 

AP: Bullock took too long to report state plane use during campaign, top political cop says (06/29/2017)

 

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Political watchdog faults Bullock for state plane reports (06/29/2017)

 

KULR8: Governor Bullock settles complaint tied to misuse of state plane (09/05/2017)

 

Billings Gazette: Gov. Bullock settles campaign violation over state airplane for $3,000 (09/05/2017)

Montana Can’t Trust Steve Bullock

HELENA – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement today following reports that Montana Governor Steve Bullock, despite months and months of on-the-record denials, will be entering the U.S. Senate race.

“Gov. Bullock isn’t actually interested nor does he have the skills or abilities to be a U.S. Senator— he said so himself, he simply couldn’t resist the pressure from Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer. While Bullock stands with the radical left in support of a complete government takeover of health care, sanctuary cities, gun bans, and removing President Trump from office, we’re proud that Senator Daines stands with the people of Montana and works with President Trump to protect our values and defend our way of life.”

 

Background:

Candidly, I just don’t know if I would find being a Senator that compelling.’” (Montana Standard, 2/7/18)

I’ve said earlier that really doesn’t interest me,’ Bullock said in an interview.  (Politico, 11/28/18)

Bullock: ‘I would rule it out. And I have ruled it out.’ (MSNBC, 7/17/19)

AP: Bullock squashes talk of Senate run after presidential bid

“I’ve said before, during and after that I’m not going to be running for Senate,” Bullock said. “I’ve made that clear, that’s just not what I want to do.”(AP, 12/04/2019)

Bullock: ‘You know, Rachel, this wasn’t an either/or. Like I was never going to run for the Senate… And I do think that I have both the skills and abilities as an executive to bridge some divides. That’s the kind of work that I’ve always done… Never been a legislator and have great respect for the senators, but this is something that never really got me excited.’”( MSNBC, 5/15/19)

‘I’ve expressed all along [that] I just don’t have an interest in running for U.S. Senate,’ Bullock said. ‘I think that my skill set, and what I’ve done, I just wouldn’t enjoy it, so I’d ruled it out.’” (Montana Free Press, 3/12/19)

 

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Montana Democrat Gubernatorial, U.S. Senate Candidates out of touch with Montana

HELENA – The Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement after Montana Democrat candidates for Governor and U.S. Senate debated in Bozeman: 

“Tonight’s debates between Montana Democrat candidates showcased nothing more than their inability to represent us and our Montana values in Helena or the U.S. Senate. While Democrat Senate candidates continue their race to the left and the never-ending crusade against President Trump, we look forward to supporting Senator Steve Daines and his commitment to our Second Amendment Rights and outdoor heritage, as well as his record of support for constitutional judges, secure borders, and lower taxes.

Montanans are looking for this record of success in Montana’s next Executive. And tonight we heard loud and clear that the Democrats’ solution to the problems facing Montana is increased spending and higher taxes on hardworking Montanans. After years of higher tax proposals, bloated government agencies, and an aversion to fiscal sanity in Helena, Montanans are ready for a Republican in the Governor’s office and a more prosperous future.”

 

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Acquittal Verdict Ends Impeachment; Democrats Continue Crusade Against President Trump

HELENA – The Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement after the Senate put an end to the partisan impeachment trial: 

“Montanans have overwhelmingly opposed this partisan impeachment process and we are grateful the Senate ruled in favor of President Trump as his only crime was winning the 2016 election,” said MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “While leaders of the Democrat Party destroy Presidential speeches and boycott American success stories during the State of Union, Republicans remain focused on advancing President Trump’s America First agenda and supporting the policies that generate more job openings and higher wages for everyday Americans.”

 

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“California Kathleen” Williams: Avoiding “Toxic” Issues to run for Congress

HELENA – Congressional Candidate Kathleen Williams has routinely sidestepped Montanans when asked about the partisan impeachment of President Trump.

While Williams’ primary opponent has expressly supported removing President Trump from office, she has publicly refused to be honest with Montanans for fear of disappointing her radical liberal donor base.

Much worse, however, is that she will not be honest with the strong majority of Montanans that stand in support of the President.

We have long known Williams is in lockstep with the Socialist Democrats and their desire to remove President Trump from office, but her own words solidify what we’ve known all along: she is too extreme for Montana AND she does not want them to know the truth.

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California Kathleen’s support for “getting the articles of impeachment to the Senate,” is not nearly as offensive as her interest in avoiding a  “toxic” issue that would get in the way of her “ability to reach independents or moderate Republicans.”

This political double-speak cements Kathleen Williams as nothing more than a professional politician that does not want voters to know the truth: that she is just another vote in favor of the Radical Left.

Montanans deserve better than double-speak, and they deserve better than Kathleen Williams.

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Partisan House Vote Sends Articles of Impeachment to Senate for Trial

HELENA – The Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement after House Democrats voted to put President Trump on trial in the Senate for winning the the 2016 Presidential election:

“The partisan House vote to put President Trump on trial is yet another reminder of why Montanans need to reelect a Conservative to Montana’s Congressional seat and retire Nancy Pelosi as Speaker,” said MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Democrat candidates seeking Montana’s Congressional seat have all but pledged their loyalty to Nancy Pelosi and her attempt to overthrow the President of the United States despite the continued success of this administration for every day Americans. Hardworking Montanans do not want their next Representative to be another vote in support of the Radical Left and its obsession with opposing President Trump, and their voice will be heard loud and clear this November.”

 

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Gubernatorial Race: Republican Candidates Outraised Democrats nearly 4:1 in Montana

HELENA – Gubernatorial candidate Whitney Williams’ recent campaign finance disclosure with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices revealed the principal concern among Montana Democrats; Whitney Williams is supported by out of state liberal interests, not Montanans.

While Williams outraised all of her primary opponents with over $430,000 dollars in the fourth quarter, not even 25 percent of that support came from individuals that actually live in the state she is hoping to govern. With prominent liberal figures like Hollywood actors, directors, and producers, as well as Nancy Pelosi’s Chief of Staff bankrolling her campaign, Montana Democrats are right to raise concerns about Williams’ electability in Montana now that she is viewed as a potential alternative to Governor Bullock’s preferred successor, career bureaucrat and fellow boys club member, Lt. Governor Mike Cooney.

With Republican Gubernatorial candidates receiving over 75 percent of their contributions from Montanans, some progressive activists have expressed frustration with William’s campaign knowing that the source of donations is incredibly important when vying for Montana’s Governorship.

Even worse news for Montana Democrats, however, is the overall enthusiasm behind Republicans running to change the culture of our state’s Executive Branch and the direction of our great state. Of the nearly $2.4 million in campaign contributions from Montanans in the race to be the next Montana Governor, over $1.8 million is behind Republican candidates.

With Republicans outraising their Democrat opponents by nearly a 4:1 margin in Montana, it is clear that Montanans are enthusiastically behind a potential Republican nominee while out of state liberal interests are needed to prop up a leading Democrat’s campaign.

Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt: Candidate Filing Exciting for Republicans; Reckoning for Democrats

HELENA – Chairman of the Montana Republican Party, Don “K” Kaltschmidt, released the following statement today after candidate filing began for the 2020 election.

“The embrace of socialism by the New Democrat Party and the Radical Left has alienated Democrat candidates from Montanans more than ever before. And after years of higher tax proposals, bloated government agencies, and an aversion to fiscal sanity in Helena, Montanans are grateful to have an opportunity to vote for individual liberty, the Second amendment, economic opportunity, and fiscal responsibility once again. With so many strong Republican candidates running to be a voice for our Montana values, today’s filing is an exciting day for Montana.”

 

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