Montana GOP candidate Steve Daines is featured in a national expose about would-be members of Congress selling their time (and access to their person) to lobbyists in exchange for campaign contributions. NPR’s Planet Money and This American Life both highlight Daines’ role in the practice. The stories also report on how Daines lobbyist events can be tracked on the Sunlight Foundation’s page on Daines (here).
Another GOP Candidate Dumps on Montana
Another Republican running for Governor has taken to the air waves trashing Montana in hopes it will further his own political career. Last time it was Rick Hill. This time, it’s Corey Stapelton who is dumping on the state and making false statements about our economy. Stapleton has a new TV ad out that says Montana now has “record unemployment.” The facts show otherwise. Montana experienced record unemployment in 1983, when the unemployment rate was 8.8%, according to the US Department of Labor. Today Montana’s actual unemployment in Montana stands at 6.2%. The state has the 13th lowest unemployment rate in the country.
Another Way Republicans Pass the Time
When I wrote yesterday that favorite Republican pastimes included lying and vote suppression, I didn’t mean to leave out their other beloved hobbies: drinking and driving, and poaching.
The list of Republicans busted for poaching in recent times is long. It includes Republican legislator Scott Boggio and Legislative Fiscal “analyst” Terry Johnson. Rehberg staffers Mike Waite, Randy Vogel and Burns staffer Shawn Vassel also faced poaching charges.
It has recently come to light that Rep. Christy Clark‘s husband belongs on this list. The Choteau Republican’s husband, Lew Clark, was caught poaching a grizzly bear in 2004, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcement. A PDF of the press release explaining the incident can be seen here and here. There are some weird details to this case. The bear had a radio collar that Clark’s husband destroyed. He also cut off the head, crushed the skull, and hid it in a remote location, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Voters are going to want to know what details Rep. Clark knew of the incident, and when she knew them.