Rick Hill’s controversial $500,000, it turns out, originated from the Republican Governors Association in DC. They wrote a check to the Montana GOP and the same day, the GOP sent it out the door to the Hill campaign.
But did you know that shortly before the RGA sent the dough to the Montana GOP, that an entity calling itself the “Montana Law Foundation” sent $200,000 the the RGA? This shows up from the most recent report. Here is a link to that report and here is the screenshot:
The address listed for this group is the same address used by two Missoula law firms, the Boone Karlberg Law Firm and Datsopoulos Mac Donald & Lind. Boone Karlberg is the big insurance industry law firm in Montana and the former law firm of federal judge Sam Haddon, a Bush appointee and a major donor to former MT Senator Conrad Burns. As you know, Rick Hill, is a former insurance exec who made millions an insurance executive. There are also several Republican attorneys at the Datsopoulos firm.
I called both law firms and asked to speak with the Montana Law Foundation. Both said their firms had no such organization. That’s a problem.
There’s only one reason that a fake Montana group would donate to the RGA instead of the Montana Republican Party and that’s to hide the donation’s source. As the Center for Public Integrity reported this week, the RGA skirts state reporting laws by claiming it doesn’t need to report contributions in any one state because it is working in multiple states. It can simply claim any one donation was spent in state A and so it needn’t be reported in state B.