The Montana GOP Hypocrite of the Week Award Goes to…

…Roger Koopman and Bob Lake. For voting in the legislature to repeal the privacy rights of women and then for voting in the PSC to make the salaries of utility company CEO’s a secret (citing privacy concerns), Lake and Koopman are this week’s clear winners.

Koopman and Lake, both former legislators, voted against women’s privacy rights at every single opportunity presented to them.

And so while the rest of us suffer the erosion of our freedoms at the hands of Republicans, a special loophole for energy company executives has now been created.

To his credit, Republican Travis Kavulla voted against the secrecy ploy citing concerns about transparency and accountability:

[He] said utilities are different from other private companies in that their salaries are completely paid for by customers who don’t have any other choice in where they receive their services.

“As long as ratepayers are paying for … these salaries, I think ratepayers have a perfectly justified concern in having it exposed to the public,” Kavulla said.

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7 Comments on "The Montana GOP Hypocrite of the Week Award Goes to…"

  1. Maybe Koopman and Lake didn’t want captive ratepayers (us) to know where the skim-off goes for the price hike ratepayers now have to pay– becuz the PSC approved it–to cover NW Energy’s tax increase.
    S.O.B.’s. Really.

  2. Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods | March 6, 2013 10:01 AM at 10:01 AM |

    Already Missing Vincent…. the guy cared about our state, and the people in it!

  3. Special rights for corporate execs while the rest of us get the shaft. This PSC is nothing more than a pack of lapdogs.

  4. PSC tyranny, we thought the ‘new’ dudes believed in transparency. Hats off to Commissioner Kavulla who shows
    integrity beyond party lines.

  5. Let the ‘goofs’ be corporate toadies, good reason to OUT them
    in next election! I guess they don’t believe in CI-166 approved
    by the VAST majority of Montanans!

    • Drunks for Denny | March 6, 2013 3:27 PM at 3:27 PM |

      I like Kavulla…he’s an old school Republican, not cut from the same cloth as the current crop of tea bagger whack jobs.

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | March 6, 2013 7:30 PM at 7:30 PM |

        Um, no he’s not. He’s a REAL weirdo! Believe me on this one.
        But you have a point. He looks somewhat normal next to the REAL whackjobs.

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