The Bozeman Chronicle’s Troy Carter has launched a new political blog called “406 Politics” which I’ve added to the blogroll here and you’ll want to follow.
Carter’s first post was about all the “non-campaign staff” Gianforte keeps hiring. It makes you wonder what the co-called Better Montana Jobs really is and why an LLC purportedly focused on job creation needs so many conservative political operatives on staff.
Let’s take a look at who Gianforte has recently hired:
- Keynote speech at Republican Winter Kickoff, March 1 2014, Helena
- Radio Show “Politics Montana with Rick Tryon”, March 12, 2014
- Keynote speaker at the Yellowstone County Republican Party’s Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner, March 15, 2015, Billings
- Keynote at Americans for Prosperity Friedman Legacy Celebration, July 31, 2014, Petra Academy, Bozeman
- Keynote speaker at the Cascade County Republican Party’s Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner, February 21, 2015, Great Falls
- Keynote speaker at the Beaverhead County Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner, February 28, 2015, Dillon
- Keynote speaker at the Butte Silverbow County Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner, March 6, 2015, Butte
- Speaker at Flathead County Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner, April 19, 2015, Kalispell
- Gallatin County GOP Legislative Dinner, June 4, 2015, Bozeman
“Anybody running for office is well-served if they take the highest road they can,” Motl said. “I would think that it would seem to be in the public interest — and Gianforte’s — right out of the box, to report, disclose, make the information available to the public, whether it’s required by law or not.”
13-1-101. Definitions. As used in this title, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following definitions apply:(6) “Candidate” means:(a) an individual who has filed a declaration or petition for nomination, acceptance of nomination, or appointment as a candidate for public office as required by law;(b) for the purposes of chapter 35, 36, or 37, an individual who has solicited or received and retained contributions, made expenditures, or given consent to an individual, organization, political party, or committee to solicit or receive and retain contributions or make expenditures on the individual’s behalf to secure nomination or election to any office at any time, whether or not the office for which the individual will seek nomination or election is known when the:(i) solicitation is made;(ii) contribution is received and retained; or(iii) expenditure is made.; or
The Standard asked Gianforte if he would be reporting the expenditures as campaign expense, but Gianforte didn’t answer the question, stating, “I’m not a candidate.”
His hires keep saying otherwise.