GUEST POST: Preserve the Power of the Vote

by Jackie Gysler

While 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Montana women’s right to vote, few Montanans can compete with $10,000 to $425,000 campaign donations.

Only 28% of Ryan Zinke’s donations and 33% of Steve Daine’s donations come from Montanans compared to over 70% of John Lewis’s and Amanda Curtis’s funds. Zinke’s recent fundraiser cost $10,000/couple with John Boehner who leads the most unpopular U.S. Congress ever, with only a 10% approval rating. Steve Daines collected $425,000 from a Wall Street billionaire and vulture capitalists. Corporate fundraisers are the newest fad in Washington, D.C., thanks to fewer anti-corruption rules.

Your vote is extremely important!

In 2012, the conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justices, many whom were nominated with a religious promise to strike down a woman’s right to vote on her own reproduction, struck down Montana’s 1912 Corrupt Practices Act, diminishing the right to vote of all Americans.

As a result, in 2012, 75% of Montanans voted for a referendum directing Montana’s two U.S. Senators and one U.S. Congressman to create a U.S. Constitutional Amendment to stop unlimited corporate money from buying elections. In September 2014, Republican U.S. Senators blocked this bill.

Can you afford to buy politicians?

Preserve the power of the vote! Get your community to vote for math teacher Amanda Curtis to be Montana’s first female US Senator, and instead of the most unpopular U.S. Congress ever, vote John Lewis starting October 6th at your county courthouse!

Let me know if you see this in newspapers or can help get it into your local newspaper.

Jackie Gysler
Bigfork/Wolf Point
jigysler (at)


13 Comments on "GUEST POST: Preserve the Power of the Vote"

  1. Terribly misleading post if the point was to say Curtis and Lewis are not beholding to outside interests or very large contributors. Curtis is a non factor in the senate race so I am going to focus on Lewis.

    According to Opensecrets, Lewis’ top metro giving area is Washington DC. $95,25o.

    Also, Opensecrets shows that Lewis has received $115,950 from lawyers and lobbyists, $153,300 from organized labor, and $148,818 from ideological organizations such as various environmental groups. Such groups are fed from national organizations that funnel funds through local affiliates. ActBlue was at the center of a sham Montana address that the Lewis reported funds coming from Montana and going to Lewis.

    Lewis learned at Baucus’ knee all about servicing the needs of special interests such as the insurance and pharmaceutical industries that had a heavy hand in drafting Obamacare and denying prescription drug price reform.

    What’s important is to hold all the politicos feet to the fire on those issues that Montanans want addressed.

    • What’s shocking is how Montana Dems have blown the seat they have held for a 100 years and would have continued to hold if Baucus hadn’t been forced out by internal fighting. Curtis is irrelevant to the outcome and should never have been in this position. Dirk Adams would have made a real fight of it.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 20, 2014 12:49 PM at 12:49 PM |

      I know lil’ Mattey will object, but I feel it’s important for people to understand just WHO the john birch society folks were! And it’s vital to understand that the Kockh brothers represent the WORST of the Birchers. Hell, they ARE birchers! Oh sure, they won’t admit it, but they are!

      Therefore, I think it’s important to hear the birchers of old in their own words and then reflect upon how much they are like the current incarnation of the JBS, the Kockh brothers! So, I give you a speech by the co-founder and intellectual genius behind the Kockhs, Relivo Oliver! He’s a real dandy, and he sounds exactly like the chrisotfascists in the ReePube party! There is NO difference! Scary, scary folks! Please listen to the whole thing. It’s worth it, AND it’s entertaining! I give you the Kockh brothers, err, I mean Relivo Oliver!

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | October 20, 2014 1:43 PM at 1:43 PM |

      LK, you gotta read from the comments on the article you posted THIS little gem!

      Randy Vogel · Top Commenter

      “Lewis stands right with Curtis on these issues, but he’s a much better liar than Curtis and now is trying to run as a conservative. Lewis is as conservative as Schweitzer is an introvert and Curtis a Capitalist.”

      I guess ol’ randy for…GOT that he sucked off’n the gummint his entire career as a Billings cop, and THEN, when he needed a job, he had his NOSE surgically attached to Dopey Reeburp’s BUTT! Not sure what his official title was, but I’m sure it was sumthin’ like Official FART sniffer and BUTT kisser!, Oh, and body guard, for he DID have a nasty habit of punching out dudes who got in Dopey’s way!……when he wasn’t poaching off the public’s deer population! Yep, the ol’ randy randy! He’s a real self-made man! He don’t NEED no commies tellin’ HIM how to suck up a job!…….a job offn’ the gummint for a job SUCKIN’ offn’ a guy with a gummint job! By GOD he’s a reglar Aynus Rant!

  2. Craig, your opening sentence is TERRIBLY MISLEADING!



    then privatize it for personal pleasures!


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