Millions in Dark Money for Bullock

BREAKING NEWS: Chuck Schumer’s dark money group, Majority Forward, is investing $3 million in Montana to boost Steve Bullock’s campaign.

Schumer is sparing no expense to help Bullock win this race – because he knows Bullock will be a loyal vote for him in the U.S. Senate.

The hypocrisy here is outstanding… Bullock has no problem touting his fight against dark money in our elections, but then refuses to condemn it now that it benefits his campaign.

And you wonder how he got the name ‘Both Ways Bullock!’ 

The elephant in the room needs to be addressed: Will Bullock condemn this dark money and demand it be pulled from Montana, or has this $3 million in dark money bought his silence? 

Biden, Bullock will crush Keystone XL

Joe Biden vowed this week to crush the Keystone XL Pipeline project if elected President this November.

This would deal a devastating blow to Montana communities who are relying on the project for critical tax revenue, as well as Montana workers who are relying on the project for good-paying jobs.

While we don’t expect Biden to stand up for Montana workers, we do expect Montana’s political leaders to… but this is now even too tall an order for Governor Bullock. 

It wasn’t long ago that Bullock proudly touted his early and strong support for the Keystone XL Pipeline… BUT then pulled a complete 180 during his presidential run and revealed his true liberal colors, saying the Keystone pipeline should not “go forward.”

And get this – Bullock even supported the liberal activist judge who is now delaying construction of the Keystone pipeline.

It’s clear that once again Bullock is eager to appease his liberal base rather than fight for working Montanans and get this job-creating project done for Montana and America.

Bottom line: Montana cannot afford to elect Steve Bullock to the U.S. Senate. We need to re-elect Senator Daines because he’s always there fighting for Montanans, our way of life, and making true on his campaign promise of “More Jobs, Less Government.” 

MTGOP Files Ethics Complaint Against Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Republican Party today filed an official ethics complaint against Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney after Cooney admitted to using taxpayer resources for campaign purposes.

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 follows Cooney’s admission that he illegally used the Lieutenant Governor’s office to participate in a campaign strategy call with the Democratic Governors’ Association on April 13th. Using state resources for campaign purposes is illegal in Montana.

“Lieutenant Governor Cooney must be held accountable for breaching the public’s trust through his blatant use of taxpayer resources to advance his own political ambitions. This violation brings into serious question whether Montanans can trust Cooney with the responsibility and privilege of governing our state,” said Executive Director Merwin.

Lt. Governor Mike Cooney’s defense that this violation is an “isolated incident” is weak at best as he was previously accused of using state resources for campaign purposes in 2002.

You can view the full complaint HERE

California Kathleen is Another Vote for Pelosi’s Wasteful Spending

HELENA, Mont – Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Democrats proposed a new 1,815 page Coronavirus relief bill that is nothing more than a wish list for liberal special interests ahead of the 2020 election. The legislation includes unrelated and far-left priorities such as immigration and election law mandates, and funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities.

The Montana Republican Party issued the following statement from Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt in response to this new legislation:

“The so-called “HEROES Act” is only the latest example of how out of touch the Democratic brass is with the American people and another reminder of how critical it is that Montana’s House seat remain in Republican hands,” said Chairman Kaltschmidt. “Montanans do not want their lone voice in the House of Representatives to be in lock-step with Nancy Pelosi’s agenda – and recent history shows that San Francisco-born, Berkeley-educated Kathleen Williams would follow orders from Pelosi rather than those she seeks to represent.”

“The last thing Montana needs during this time of economic hardship is corrupt extremists like Nancy and Kathleen Williams diverting taxpayer dollars to fulfill the wishes of the liberal donors and special interest groups bankrolling their campaigns.” 

MTGOP Condemns Baucus’ Comparison of Trump to Hitler, Calls on Bullock & Tester to Denounce the Egregious Remarks

May 7, 2020

HELENA, Mont. – In an interview on CNN last night, former U.S. Ambassador to China and U.S. Senator for Montana, Max Baucus, compared the Trump Administration’s strong stance on China in the wake of the Coronavirus, to that of Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

To draw the comparison between Trump’s strong stance on China to that of Hitler’s Nazi Germany is not just outrageous, but disparaging to the millions of victims, their families, and communities that lost lives in the Holocaust. Baucus should be ashamed, and Montana’s two Democratic elected leaders, Governor Bullock and Senator Tester, should condemn this outrageous statement.

“Ambassador Baucus drew an egregious comparison last night, likening President Trump’s response to China’s deadly cover-up of the Coronavirus to Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Both Governor Bullock and Senator Tester should condemn this indefensible statement and Ambassador Baucus should apologize for making such appalling and beyond inappropriate remarks,” said MTGOP Executive Director Spenser Merwin.

Watch the interview HERE.


MTGOP Issues Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Endorsement of Whitney Williams

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Republican Party issued the following statement in response to Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of Whitney Williams for Governor:

“Montanans rejected Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Presidency by more than 20 points to President Trump in 2016 – one of the largest margins in the country – and her endorsement of Whitney Williams for Governor demonstrates how out of touch Ms. Williams is with the state she hopes to govern,” said MTGOP Executive Director Spenser Merwin. “Montanans have shown little interest in placing their trust in someone like former Secretary Clinton, and Whitney Williams’ touting of this endorsement only further displays that she is far more connected to the liberal elites than the Montanans she hopes to serve.”

Higher Paying Jobs an Afterthought for Dems in Gubernatorial Debate

HELENA, Mont – The Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement after Montana Democrat Gubernatorial candidates, Whitney Williams and Mike Cooney, debated on Saturday.

“With our economy reeling from Coronavirus-related restrictions, Montana needs a Governor that prioritizes economic growth and job creation,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “But when Democratic hopefuls Whitney Williams and Mike Cooney were asked on Saturday how they would address low wages in comparison to growing property prices, both candidates failed to even mention the importance of higher-paying jobs when it comes to combating Montana’s exorbitant property costs.

A strong Montana economy that creates good-paying Montana jobs isn’t an afterthought for Republicans – it is a top priority. When we emerge from this crisis, we will need an efficient government in Helena to stimulate our economy’s growth and bring innovative ideas to the table to create jobs – not more government programs. After years of an aversion to fiscal sanity in Helena and a lack of creativity in creating good paying Montana jobs, Montanans are ready for – and deserve – a Republican Governor to help us recover from COVID-19 and create a more prosperous future.

The ideas we saw from Democratic gubernatorial candidates on Saturday signaled more of the same: more government and more regulation.”  

MTGOP Remembers Congressman Ron Marlenee

The Montana Republican Party joins the Treasure State in celebrating the life of Ron Marlenee, former Montana Congressman in the United States House of Representatives and Montana’s longest serving Republican Congressman, who passed this weekend.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt shared the following statement upon the news of Congressman Marlenee’s passing:

“Ron Marlenee was an incredible Montanan and an even better man. When Ron was elected to Congress in 1977, he was the lone Republican representing Montana in Congress and only one of two Republicans representing Montana in senior state and federal positions. He always stood for the common man, advocating in Congress for agriculture and property owners and pushing for Republican values of less government, lower taxes, and more freedoms.”

“Ron loved Montana with all of his heart and those that were close to him knew just how deeply he cared for Montana’s outdoors where he could spend time hunting, fishing and skiing throughout the state. My wife and I, along with the entire team at the Montana Republican Party, send our prayers and thoughts to the Marlenee family as they remember their husband, father, grandfather, and this great Montanan.”

MTGOP Welcomes New Grassroots Director

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Republican Party is pleased to announce the addition of Debbie Churchill as Grassroots Director.

Debbie joins the Montana Republican Party after spending her career as an estate planning attorney and owner of Churchill Law Office in Helena. Since retiring, Debbie has been an active volunteer for MTGOP, serving as the Office Manager at MTGOP Headquarters since 2019.

“I am both excited and grateful that Debbie will serve the Montana Republican Party as its next Grassroots Director,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Debbie has been a reliable volunteer and strong supporter of what our Party does, and will be a tremendous asset to MTGOP in this new capacity by managing relationships with local party committees, helping build out our volunteer efforts, and maintaining engagement throughout the 2020 cycle.”

“I look forward to fulfilling this new role and am grateful for the opportunity to serve our local party committees and help fellow Republicans at the ground level,” said Debbie. “We need a strong network of people working together who support the values and beliefs outlined in our Platform to elect Republicans in Montana in 2020.” 

Debbie is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Law and lives in Clancy with her husband, Terry, who retired from the Montana Army National Guard and Civil Service as a Blackhawk pilot and instructor, and her 13-year-old German Wire Hair Pointer, Maddie, who is a retired pheasant hunter. Debbie enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, traveling, boating, and camping.


MTGOP Endorses Elsie Arntzen for State Superintendent

April 22, 2020

HELENA, Mont. – After a meeting of the Montana Republican Party Executive Board on Tuesday night, MTGOP is pleased to announce its endorsement of Elsie Arntzen in her re-election campaign for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement regarding the endorsement:

“As Montana’s Superintendent, Elsie Arntzen has a proven track-record of supporting and advocating for Montana’s students, parents, and teachers. She has secured many student-focused initiatives in her role – including student safety, mental health, career and technical education, and individualized learning measures,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said.

“Superintendent Arntzen has also risen to the occasion during the COVID-19 crisis, leading Montana’s schools through an unprecedented situation. She has successfully advocated for flexibility for local schools and families and pushed back against attempts to create a one-size-fits-all solution for our schools. Montana will rely on Elsie’s leadership when schools reopen, and we are grateful Elsie is our candidate.”

Senator Daines Stands Up to China

The scale has been tipped in China’s favor for far too long, and Senator Daines is fighting to put America First.

In a letter to President Trump, Daines called on the President to use his authorities to decrease the United States’ dependence on China for “medicine and essential medical equipment” and bring drug and manufacturing jobs back to America. Alarmingly, more than one third of our antibiotics and 70% of our PPE are imported from China.

Daines rightly cited the United States’ reliance on China as a “national security and public health” risk. (If the Coronavirus pandemic is any indication, China cannot be relied upon when it comes to matters of public health.)

The Senator has also been one of Congress’ loudest voices in holding China accountable for their cover-up of the virus, which has had a consequential effect on the health and economic well-being of Montanans. Last week, Senator Daines sent a request to the State Department to investigate China’s role in COVID-19.

Thank you, Senator, for always fighting for Montana and putting America First!

Montana Delegate Nomination Forms due on April 13th

As a reminder, applications to be a Montana delegate at the Republican National Convention are due on Monday!

Delegates will represent the Treasure State at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina and take part in this historic election year by nominating President Trump for re-election.

Delegates to the Republican National Convention will be chosen at Montana’s State Delegate Convention which is scheduled to be held on June 12th-13th in Missoula. Delegates must be a resident of the state of Montana.

Fill out this form by Monday, April 13th to be considered and submit it to MTGOP Headquarters in one of two ways:

  1. Scan and email the form to, or
  2. Mail the form to MTGOP, P.O. Box 935, Helena, MT, 59624.

Join us in Keeping America Great!