TEA Partier Votes to Cut Funding for State Elections Cop with Pending Legal Case Against Him

Art Wittich, sick and tired of serving the public.

Rep. Art Wittich, TEA Party state legislator from Bozeman

As the campaign finance violation case against TEA Part legislator Art Wittich moves forward, it appears that Wittich and fellow Republicans are doing everything they can to gut the resources of the Commissioner of Political Practices.

Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl had asked the legislature for the resources necessary to do the job he is charged by law with doing. But during Monday’s debate of the state budget by the full house of representatives, Wittich, and fellow Republicans, voted twice against restoring proper funding to the COPP and instead insisted in keeping the cuts made by the budget subcommittee.  You can see the votes here:

(H) 2nd Reading Motion to Amend Failed 03/18/2015 41 59

(H) 2nd Reading Motion to Amend Failed 03/18/2015 42 58

Wittich faces removal from office after documents found in a meth house showed what Motl ruled was illegal coordination with corporations through American Tradition Partnership.

Wittich got caught up in the infamous Meth House Scandal, in which documents belonging to the infamous American Tradition Partnership (ATP), were found in a Colorado meth house and incriminated numerous Montana Republican officeholders and candidates.  ATP is (was) a shady corporate funnel group whose headquarters was discovered to be nothing more than a P.O. Box.  In conjunction with that investigation, Wittich was accused of taking illegal corporate contributions from ATP.  It is estimated that they sent millions of dollars to Montana to help GOP candidates, and a few of these candidates have been accused of coordinating illegally with the group.  Jonathan Motl, the Commissioner of Political Practices, is taking several of them to court to seek their removal from office, which according to Montana statutes is the exclusive penalty for such behavior. Wittich, naturally, has accused Motl of “conducting a witch hunt.”

Wittich lost the first round of his legal effort to stop the Commissioner of Political Practices from throwing him out of office. A district judge in Helena, Judge Sherlock, issued a decision which he mocked Wittich’s motion to dismiss the case.  Lewis and Clark County District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock will hold a five-day jury trial Feb. 22, 2016, in the political practice case against Wittich, who is charged with violating the state’s political campaign laws during the 2010 primary election.

Share

19 Comments on "TEA Partier Votes to Cut Funding for State Elections Cop with Pending Legal Case Against Him"

  1. “This ballot measure would create a new right of action whereby anyone, anywhere, who feels that their guns rights have been “burdened” by any action of anyone else, will essentially be able to sue and collect damages.”

    That’s quite erroneous. The bill clearly says, The state may not burden a person’s right to bear arms…

    “State” means the state of Montana or any political subdivision or local government, municipality, or instrumentality of the state as well as any person acting under color of state law.”

  2. formatting was off. Here it is again.

    “This ballot measure would create a new right of action whereby anyone, anywhere, who feels that their guns rights have been “burdened” by any action of anyone else, will essentially be able to sue and collect damages.”

    That’s quite erroneous. The bill clearly says, The state may not burden a person’s right to bear arms…

    “State” means the state of Montana or any political subdivision or local government, municipality, or instrumentality of the state as well as any person acting under color of state law.”

  3. Super sleazy action by legislators who have pending complaints, cases against them, NO integrity there as they should have recused themselves, where’s the ETHICS committee? Oh, they’re in bed with ALEC and Koch boyz!

  4. Figures that this teaturd would do everything possible to curtail his prosecution. What stinks even worse is the fact the guy never denied taking the money , he just claims it was the DEM Guv and Motl picking on him and disclosing his ill-gotten gains . Looking at his other Helena antics this session , all we see is another wasted, GOTP hijacked legislature. I hope Bullock is firing up that veto branding iron for every one of the pathetic bills these RWNJ are proposing.

  5. Please see- MCA 2-2-103 – its illegal for legislator to vote for personal reasons, which Witttich has clearly done.

  6. Conservative/Tea Party Republicans are soooo short-sighted. Someday they will be in a position where they need the prompt services of a Commisioner of Political Practices who perhaps even sees the world as they do. TOUGH LUCK. There will be no funds, no staff, no time. And, I will thank God Almighty for the stupidity he bestowed on these people.

  7. A decade back, USA Right Wing criticized Zionism.
    Now Daines embraces Likud Zionism!
    Do Montana Tea Party supporters support current Zionism?
    Zionism like police state eviction in Palestine.
    Now eviction numbers so bad in Jerusalem the EU asking for justice in Jerusalem.
    Zionism like Talmud toting Bibi pretending to speak for Jewish Faith and people.
    Zionism that collaborates with Neo-Con polyticians and media to con America into ANOTHER stupid, morally putrid, war.

  8. This post is very interesting but I see that you aren’t using the full earning potential
    of your blog. You can earn pretty good promoting products
    related to health and beauty niche, don’t waste your traffic,
    just enter in google:
    Polym’s earning ideas

Comments are closed.