Beartooth NBC reported recently that Congressman Steve Daines hired a new agriculture liaison/Legislative assistant Jocelyn Galt, a member of the Galt family famous for being second largest landowners in Montana (Ted Turner ranks number 5.
The Galt family (Jocelyn’s Mother father and two brothers) has received over $3,328,833 in farm subsidies from the department of Agriculture. Jocelyn’s brother Wylie Galt is also currently serving in the Montana legislature. The Galt’s are also major donors to Daines.
It doesn’t surprise me that Congressman Daines would hire an agriculture legislative assistant (LA) that is from a ranching family. However, this means that Daines’ new staffer will be advocating for the passage of a bill that is going to give tens of thousands of tax dollars per year in the form of direct transfer farm subsidies to her own family. This, while at the same time the congressman votes to strip the much needed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps) from the Farm Bill.