Montanans expect honesty from their elected officials. That means that we should know who is financing our candidates so we know to whom they’re beholden. But Greg Gianforte doesn’t believe we have a right to know.
In fact, Greg Gianforte has funded dark money groups in Montana and opposed the bi-partisan DISCLOSE Act that would shed light on dark money in Montana. Now he is essentially campaigning across the state without letting Montanans know if he’s running for office or who is funding his “whistle-stop tour.” a.
- FUNDED GROUPS THAT LED OPPOSITION TO MONTANA’S DISCLOSE ACT. Gianforte gave thousands of dollars to the Montana Family Foundation and the Montana Policy Institute that led the opposition against the Disclose Act that would require the reporting for dark money spent to influence Montana elections. (Gianforte Family Charitable Trust, GuideStar, accessed 5/02/15; Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 3/17/15; Missoulian, 3/17/15)
- CONNECTED TO KOCH BROTHERS DARK MONEY GROUP–AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY. Gianforte contributed to and received awards from the Koch brothers’ dark money group, Americans for Prosperity. (Gianforte Family Charitable Trust 2013 IRS 990 via Guidetsar.org; Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 8/01/12; Flathead Beacon, 2/25/15)
- CALLED OUT FOR BEING DISHONEST WITH MONTANANS. Gianforte started touring and essentially “campaigning” across the state while not being honest about whether he’s running for Governor or disclosing who is funding his 30-city, whistle-stop tour. (Missoulian, 6/17/15)