Tim Fox, the Montana Republican lunatic who is running for attorney general despite having never done anything other than defend drunk drivers and call for rape victims to have the rapists’ babies, has just gotten some national Republican donors to buy $700,000 of TV advertising on his behalf.
This is the post-Citizens United world. Welcome to it. Obviously, the money is anonymous so we can’t with certainty say who it’s from. The money comes from RSLC, a Republican front group for Energy companies, pharmaceutical companies, timber companies, the Koch brothers, abortion opponents and the like.
What is unfortunate is that out-of-state wealthy progressives are not taking more of an interest in this race. Why would someone from Los Angeles or Chicago or Minnesota care about who the Montana attorney general is? Because the AG is one of five members of the state land board (the others being the Governor, State School Superintendent, State Insurance Commissioner and Secretary of State) which makes all decisions about the tens of millions of acres of land that the State owns. Montana lands are places that all Americans enjoy, and that need proper stewardship. The idea of three or four right-wing lunatics having a majority opinion on land use is frightening. These are folks, mind you, whose Party platform used to call for the privatization of national parks. And there are Montana state GOP legislators who have described global warming as something to be encouraged.