MTGOP Releases Statement Congratulating State Auditor Troy Downing

HELENA, Mont. – Tonight, Montanans elected Troy Downing to the State Auditor’s office.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement congratulating Troy Downing.

“The Montana Republican Party is excited to congratulate Troy Downing on becoming Montana’s next State Auditor. As a former combat veteran, entrepreneur and businessman in the securities and insurance industry, Downing is battle-tested and ready to immediately start serving Montanans in the State Auditor’s office. Downing will defend Montana’s values and pocketbooks, be a conservative watchdog for Montana’s taxpayers, and work tirelessly to stop the government from stifling our prosperity with unnecessary regulations.”

MTGOP Releases Statement Congratulating Montana’s Next Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen

HELENA, Mont. – Tonight, Montanans elected our next Secretary of State – Christi Jacobsen.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement congratulating Secretary of State Jacobsen:

“Congratulations to our next Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen, whose time spent as Deputy Secretary of State and in the private sector have prepared her to immediately fulfill the responsibilities of this office. As Secretary of State, Jacobsen will support Montana’s small businesses and uphold the integrity of our elections by supporting Voter ID requirements and will always defend Montanans’ right to vote in person.”

MTGOP Releases Statement Congratulating Matt Rosendale on His Election to the United States House of Representatives

HELENA, Mont. – Moments ago, Matt Rosendale secured Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement congratulating Congressman Matt Rosendale.

“The Montana Republican Party is thrilled to congratulate Matt Rosendale on his election to the U.S. House of Representatives. After successfully serving Montana in the legislature and State Auditor over the last four years, Rosendale is poised to help reignite the economy, uphold our Second Amendment Rights, put a check on Nancy Pelosi’s far-left agenda, and represent all Montanans in Washington, D.C. Congressman-elect Rosendale will be a strong conservative voice forMontana in the U.S. House that will always fight for liberty, protect our freedoms, and defend our Montana way of life.”

MTGOP Releases Statement Congratulating Superintendent Elsie Artnzen on Her Reelection

HELENA, Mont. –Moments ago, Elsie Arntzen was reelected as the Superintendent of the State of Montana.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement congratulating Superintendent Arntzen:

“Congratulations to Superintendent Elsie Arntzen on her election night reelection! There is no better advocate for our students than Elsie, who will continue to ensure that they have the resources and tools needed to succeed. We look forward to Elsie’s continued success on behalf of our students at the Office of Public Instruction.”

MTGOP Releases Statement Congratulating Montana’s Next Attorney General Austin Knudsen

HELENA, Mont. – Moments ago, Austin Knudsen was named the next Attorney General of the State of Montana.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement congratulating Attorney General-elect Knudsen:

“Congratulations to Montana’s next Attorney General, Austin Knudsen, on his election night victory! As a proven prosecutor with over 12 years of experience, Knudsen is poised to step in on day one to lead Montana’s Department of Justice and make our communities safer. Under Knudsen’s leadership, the brave men and women of Montana law enforcement will always be supported.”

MTGOP Releases Statement Congratulating the Next Governor of the State of Montana, Greg Gianforte

HELENA, Mont. – Moments ago, Greg Gianforte was named the next Governor of the State of Montana.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement congratulating Governor-elect Gianforte:

“The Montana Republican Party is proud to congratulate the future Governor of the Treasure State, Greg Gianforte, on his resounding election night victory. Greg’s election marks a generational shift in Montana – one that promises a brighter future and better outcomes forMontanans from every walk of life. After 16 years of Democrat control in Helena, Montana will finally live up to its full potential under Greg’s leadership.”

MTGOP Releases Statement Congratulating Senator Steve Daines on His Reelection to the United States Senate

HELENA, Mont. – Moments ago, Senator Steve Daines won re-election in one of the most critical Senate races in the country.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement congratulating Senator Daines:

“The Montana Republican Party enthusiastically congratulates Senator Steve Daines on his reelection to the United States Senate. After delivering historic results for our state and country as a first-term Senator, Daines earned the trust of Montanans from Ekalaka to Eureka as a Senator that will defend our constitutional rights, protect our outdoor heritage, limit the size of government, and bring our Montana values of bipartisanship and commonsense to Congress. We look forward to Senator Daines’ ongoing service and successes on behalf of the people of Montana.”

ICYMI: Montana Hunters & Anglers Leadership Fund and Schumer’s Super PAC Team Up in Attack Ad Against Senator Daines

ICYMI: A sham group devised to deceive Montanans – the Montana Hunters & Anglers Leadership Fund – and Chuck Schumer’s Super PAC teamed up to bankroll an attack ad against Senator Daines with five days to go in the election.

Despite posing as a group dedicated to preserving Montana’s outdoor heritage, Montana Hunters and Anglers Leadership Fund was exposed earlier this month as an extreme liberal decoy group bankrolled by Washington, D.C. and California donors with no real ties to Montana or Montana’s way of life.

And who’s pulling the strings here in this last-minute deceptive attack against Daines? None other than Chuck Schumer – the man who flew to Montana on his private jet back in March and personally recruited Bullock into this race.

Montana Hunters and Anglers (AKA: Chuck Schumer & friends) doesn’t care about Montana, our outdoor heritage, our Second Amendment, or our public lands. They only care about one thing: following orders from out of state liberals to try and take back the Senate majority and implement the most radical liberal agenda in our country’s history.

MTGOP Files Two Campaign Complaints Against Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney for Violating Montana Campaign Law, Again

HELENA, Mont. – Today, the Montana Republican Party filed two official campaign complaints with the Commissioner of Political Practices against the Mike Cooney for Governor campaign.

The first complaint seeks to hold the Cooney campaign accountable forfailing to file its most recent campaign finance report electronically by the deadline. All activity between September 16th to October 14th needed to be filed by the Mike Cooney for Governor campaign by October 20th, however, as of October 21st at 9:30 a.m., that report was neither posted electronically nor available via hardcopy as required by law.

The second complaint seeks to hold the Mike Cooney for Governor campaign and Perkins Coie, LLP accountable for either an illegal corporate in-kind contribution from Perkins Coie, LLP, or failure to disclose expenditures to Perkins Coie, LLP for legal counsel provided to the campaign.

After filing the complaints on Wednesday, the Montana Republican Party released the following statement:

“As a career politician with 44 years in government, Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney has a concerning and consistent pattern of playing fast-and-loose with the rules – getting dinged twice this year already by the Commissioner of Political Practices for breaking the law,” said spokesperson Brooke Stroyke. “The COPP must hold Mike Cooney accountable for these blatant violations of Montana law.”

As a reminder – earlier this month, the Commissioner of Political Practices found that Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney violated Montana campaign finance laws by illegally coordinating with and accepting illegal donations from an out-of-state special interest group that has invested more than $10 million in support of his campaign.

Furthermore – in July, Cooney received the maximum penalty for violating the state code of ethics this summer by using taxpayer resources forcampaign purposes on a conference call with the DGA.

You can view the complaints HERE and HERE.

Bryce Bennett Can’t Be Trusted to Preserve the Integrity of Our Elections

The role of Montana’s Secretary of State to preserve the integrity of our elections has never been more important. With a dangerous track record of supporting measures that would undermine the integrity of our elections, Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Bryce Bennett is woefully unqualified to assume the responsibilities of Secretary of State.

Here are the facts:

FACT: As A State Senator, Bennett Supported Legislation That Would Undermine The Integrity of Montana’s Elections

  • Bennett Sponsored the Failed Senate Bill 112, Intended to Repeal A Law To Prohibit Bribes At Polling Places. “Senate Bill 112, which Bennett sponsored in the 2019 session, would have repealed a law that prohibits campaign volunteers from handing out bribes in the form of ‘alcohol, tobacco, food, drinks, or anything of value’ at the polling places of this state.” (Montana Standard)
  • Bennett Supported the Failed Senate Bill 113, Eliminating The Residency Requirement in Montana Election Laws. “SB 113 of the 2019 session would have had the consequence of throwing the residency requirement in Montana election laws, not to mention U.S. citizenship, out the window.” (Montana Standard)

FACT: As A State Representative, Bennett Supported Legislation That Would Politicize Election Administrators

  • Bennett Introduced the Failed House Bill 469, Intended To Allow Partisan Elections Of Election Administrators. “Bennett introduced HB 469 in the 2015 session that would have provided the opportunity for the partisan election of election administrators.” (Montana Standard)

By sharp contrast, Republican candidate for Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen is committed to ensuring the integrity of our elections by supporting Voter ID requirements and defending Montanans’ right to vote in person. Jacobsen is the clear choice for Secretary of State.

Arntzen Is The Candidate Montanans Can Trust

In a race for who will be in charge of Montana’s school children and their future, Montanans need somebody they can trust to look after their kids. Elsie Arntzen, as a longtime teacher and legislator, has dedicated her life to serving young Montanans and is the only candidate we can count on to best serve the future of Montana: our students.

Here are the facts:

FACT: As Former Legislator and Teacher Elsie Arntzen Is Uniquely Qualified To Continue Serving As Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Arntzen’s Experience Enables Her To Provide Real Results With Legislators, For Teachers And Students. “I lead with my 23 years of experience as a public school teacher, as well as 12 years in the Montana legislature. My positive voice and strong relationships make me uniquely qualified to serve as State Superintendent.” (MTPR)

FACT: Elise Arntzen Is Putting Students and America First

  • Arntzen’s Key Initiatives: “Montana Hope: focusing on student mental health. Montana Teach and Montana Learn: centering on setting and helping teachers and students with achievable educational goals. Montana Ready: the program to provide students with the skills necessary to succeed in college as well as in careers in small business, trade industries, the military and post-secondary partnerships.” (MTPR)
  • Artnzen Is Committed To Restoring American Values In Montana. “We must honor our veterans by having strong civics education programs in schools to educate the next generation about the rights and responsibilities that we enjoy as Americans. One way to encourage this is by proudly displaying the stars and stripes in every classroom.” (News Talk)

FACT: Romano Lacks The Judgement To Keep Montana Children Safe, Even From Her Own Family

  • Romano Allowed Her Husband To Continue Teaching Children After His Felony Indictment For Drug Possession. “Eric Lehman, husband of Democratic state superintendent of public instruction candidate Melissa Romano, was found to be in possession of psilocybin mushrooms, one LSD tab, approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine and approximately a gram of cocaine…Lehman resigned from his position as a Hawthorne Elementary School as a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher Nov. 1, about two months after his run-in with highway patrol.” (Helena IR)

Clearly, Romano lacks the judgement to head Montana’s school system and look after Montana’s children. By sharp contrast, Elsie Arntzen has proven she’s ready to continue leading Montana schools through these challenging, unprecedented times.

Montana Business Community Endorses Matt Rosendale

Montanans have two choices in the U.S. House race: a successful businessman with a proven record of supporting pro-growth polices and a plan to reignite the economy, or a far-left activist with a radical anti-business agenda. The contrast couldn’t be more clear:

    • Rosendale wants to expand the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act and make it permanent; Williams wants to repeal the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, raising taxes on Montana families and small businesses.
    • Rosendale has always voted to cut taxes for Montanans. In contrast,Williams voted against more than $1 billion in much-needed tax relief and voted to raise taxes by millions of dollars on families and businesses across Montana.
    • Rosendale repealed over 55 regulations as State Auditor and fought to cut red tape in the legislature, Williams supported additional burdensome regulations on Montana farmers and small businesses.
  • Rosendale was twice voted a “Champion of Business” by the Montana Chamber of Commerce, Williams received “F” grades on business issues.

It’s no wonder why the National Federation of Independent Business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and organizations representing numerous Montana industries endorsed Matt Rosendale, and not a single business group endorsed Extreme Kathleen Williams.

While Matt Rosendale would reignite the economy, Extreme Kathleen would kill jobs, increase taxes, impose crushing new regulations, and wreak havoc on our economy. Montana families and businesses cannot afford Extreme Kathleen Williams.