Troy Carter’s 406 Politics blog is reporting that Greg Gianforte is refusing to comment on the revelation donations had been made to hard-right candidate Rob Natalson by the Gianforte’s four children, ages 4-12, after the parents had both reached the maximum contribution level allowed by law. This makes it appear that the Gianfortes used their kids to get around campaign finance limits. Readers can check out Carter’s analysis of Montana’s relevant laws and considerations here and decide what they make of this.
Judge Rules Against Ravalli County Commission in Public Notice Lawsuit
The Bitterroot Star has won a public notice lawsuit against Ravalli County after GOP County Commissioners decided to settle a lawsuit using $675,000 in taxpayer funds “without proper public notice and without affording the public the right to participate.” District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton ruled in favor of the Bitterroot Star, who also awarded the paper attorneys fees for acting in the interest of the public. The lawsuit the county settled was over a subdivision request – the developers sued the county for refusing to hear a subdivision proposal. As the Star reported, the Judge chastised the Commissioners for making the settlement decision without public input, writing “It is common knowledge that a large number of Montana’s senior citizens live on fixed incomes and do not use the internet, and that the potential for property tax increases due to the Commission’s approval of the settlement would hold high interest to these citizens.”
Why is an obscure new Montana company one of John Kasich’s biggest boosters?
The Center for Public Integrity reported this week that “A group backing Republican John Kasich‘s presidential aspirations received $500,000 in seed money from a seemingly odd source, according to documents filed today: an obscure limited liability company in Montana.” Oddly, the Center reports, the LLC, linked to a Whitefish real estate developer, gave $500,000 to group backing Ohio governor one day after the LLC was formed. Read more here.