Montana Republicans Also Demonstrate Ignorance of Ethics Laws (Oh, and Flub Another Attempt to Manufacture an Attack on Dems…)
Well, this is embarrassing. The paid Koch Brothers bloggers at “Media Trackers” have been busted lying about Sen. Tester. The bloggers claimed that Tester had attended some high dollar fundraiser based entirely on a Tweet, which got it wrong.
Senator Tester didn’t attend this fundraiser that Republicans and Media Trackers are making a stink about. Senator Tester was in D.C. voting that day. How do I know? Because the White House posted the President’s remarks
from that event and noted that senators weren’t present.
“I want to make sure that people know Tom Lopach, who’s heading up the DSCC. He’s flying solo tonight because the senators had to vote.” – President Obama
In an email, Tester spokesperson Marnee Banks confirmed to the blog that Tester was indeed not at the event:
“Jon did not attend this fundraiser with President Obama in New York City, he was hard at work voting
in the United States Senate. Any reports that say otherwise are simply not correct.”
In the same attack, Media Trackers bloggers –and Chris Shipp, Director of the Montana Republican Party, demonstrated their ignorance of Senate ethics laws. They tried to claim that Tester was being sneaky: hiding his supposed attendance by omitting it from his official Senate schedule. Let’s put aside the fact for a second that Tester is the only U.S. Senator who actually makes his schedule public. (Nope, not Daines, and not Zinke either – their schedules are both secret.)
As Jackie Brown already pointed out
–that even if Tester had attended the event, he couldn’t post it on his official Senate schedule. It’s a violation of Senate ethics and rules because a fundraiser is a political event not an official Senate event.