Wednesday Quick Takes

Family Values?

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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18 Comments on "Wednesday Quick Takes"

  1. I suppose that we can all start bashing the children of political candidates as they enter into the politics of becoming a donor. What a cheesy way to involve young people in the process of buying people. Great example of Montana family values at work-I wonder if he will opt for the sympathy sign around the neck as they panhandle on the corners of Bozeman’s premier rest area in competition, of course, with those that are there because of destruction of the middle class dream. Gianforte pimps his children should have been the headline Cowgirl.

    • I think we should see where these children are making their money, in fact I believe we should see if child labor law violations have gone on here with Mr. Giafonte.

      I understand it is against the law for Bosses of any employee to tell their workers where their political donations should go. If he bribe these kids with even a lolipop that’s against the law also…..

  2. Would someone like to comment on “Montana Values”. At one time I thought I knew. In the last 15 years I have been puzzled and often shocked at the actions of our citizen legislature and other politicos. Federal, state and local law enforcement seem to have a much closer–maybe “cozier” would be more descriptive– relationship than I would ever thought possible.

    Just what are “Montana Values” in 2015?

  3. Children not of voting age should not be allowed to make campaign contributions.

  4. Regarding the donations made on behalf of the Gianforte’s spawn: that is done all the time, across the board.

    • Got that right. But kids giving $400 each seems pretty insignificant compared to a husband giving a half a million.

      “And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock”.-NYT.

      • Man you had to go back 30 years to a democrat, and none of it is relevant to montana today regarding the clinton global Organization….. None of it. I read the NYT what you failed to acknowledge is what the authors did

        “Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown. But the episode underscores the special ethical challenges presented by the Clinton Foundation, headed by a former president who relied heavily on foreign cash to accumulate $250 million in assets even as his wife helped steer American foreign policy as secretary of state, presiding over decisions with the potential to benefit the foundation’s donors.”

        Gossip, scandal, conspricy theories come to mind every time people like you open your mouths. The authors flat out say they cant prove anything. but you conspricy nuts…. OMG????

        “It takes ten paragraphs before New York Times mentions its latest Clinton hit-piece is speculation. … because as it turns out, “multiple United States agencies, as well as the Canadian government, had signed off on the deal.” Oh. The smoke from the gun clears. Well, not really, as the article continues for another 60 or so paragraphs and this story will be breathlessly cited across the media universe, so … mission accomplished!

        And let’s not overlook the Times explaining the genesis of this story:

        Some of the connections between Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation were unearthed by Peter Schweizer, a former fellow at the right-leaning Hoover Institution and author of the forthcoming book “Clinton Cash.”

        Really? That’s it? Mr. Schweizer is a former fellow at a conservative think tank?

        Did they forget to mention that he’s also a Republican operative whose past claims have been repeatedly debunked, who has ties to Ted Cruz, the Koch brothers and Sarah Palin, to name just a few, not to mention being a contributor at the uber-hacktackular Breitbart website? But apparently that wasn’t important because: WHat?????

        American political campaigns are barred from accepting foreign donations. But foreigners may give to foundations in the United States. In the days since Mrs. Clinton announced her candidacy for president, the Clinton Foundation has announced changes meant to quell longstanding concerns about potential conflicts of interest in such donations; it has limited donations from foreign governments, with many, like Russia’s, barred from giving to all but its health care initiatives. That policy stops short of a more stringent agreement between Mrs. Clinton and the Obama administration that was in effect while she was secretary of state.”

        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/23/1379692/-It-takes-ten-paragraphs-before-New-York-Times-mentions-its-latest-Clinton-hit-piece-is-speculation#

        Save your conspiracies for those red meat sites we talked about Swede!

        Clintons have spent a lot of money in this state for science Education, Building Hunter angler alliances, working with the tribes of Montana. The universities and professors like Jack Horner, renewable energy in our state. Conservation easements. they
        Spent more money in this state to promote jobs than you made in your career Swede.

        Wheres your head at man???? Don’t you read anything but brietbart because that Quote didn’t come from the NYtimes! It came from redmeat sites not even quoting correctly the New York Times.

          • I read it Swede and if you had read mine you would have read this exact comment second paragraph on which I quote the authors of that NYT post. they said:

            “Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown. But the episode underscores the special ethical challenges presented by the Clinton Foundation, headed by a former president who relied heavily on foreign cash to accumulate $250 million in assets even as his wife helped steer American foreign policy as secretary of state, presiding over decisions with the potential to benefit the foundation’s donors.”

            Get a life past Breitbart Swede

            Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown.

            Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown.

            Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown.

            Its a hit piece. and you fell for it!

            • Gotcha. The NYT article was a “hit piece” and everything here is fair and balanced.

              • Many people like you Swede, confuse Correlation( when someone tries to point you to a line of BS that just isn’t rational facts…. which none of that NYT article guest Authors can point too) for Causation.

                Correlation in this case can be Coincidental or made up for people like you( which it is in this case).

                We had one Wyoming mine for Partial sale. Canada had several Kazakhstan had even more. they all signed off on the percentage sale to russia. And lets face it, neither of those countries give a hoot about you scared, illogical ‘Merica Patriots. BUt you Blame just HIllary? Really?

                LOL

                • All the blame rests squarely on Hillary.

                  • A female Donald Trump! a CEO who took the helm of one of the most Robust tech companies in the world in 1999, and by 2005 HP had lost the value of more than half its stock. She crashed the biggest Computer Company in the world “Hewlett Packard” and laid laid off over 30 thousand workers one of the Biggest layoffs in USA History.

                    A corporate golden PArachute gal. A Benghazi truther to boot. Thanks Swede! We all know where you stand now.

                    More of the same crazy in the GOP?. and will her attacks on the GOP in her own Party, be any better than this

                    https://youtu.be/rKWlOxhSIKk

  5. I did not realize Clinton was running for Governor of Montana. Now this race is really getting interesting.

  6. @ Swede, “All the blame rests squarely on Hillary.”

    Sounds like you are starting to practice for right after her inauguration. I would think after the past 6.5 years you would have that talking point down pat but Conservatives have never been known for their smarts. ;)

    • Smart enough to realize that a legal kids donation of $400 is an overblown outradge in comparrison to the millions of dollars the Clinton’s ammassed toward the next election.

      Your desperation slip is showing.

      • This just in.

        “UPDATE (5:23 pm, August 10, 2015): Friday evening, Judge Sullivan entered an order in response to Judicial Watch’s emergency filing. He instructed the State Department to ask Ms. Clinton, Ms. Abedin and Ms. Mills not to destroy any emails. Neither Ms. Abedin nor Ms. Mills provided a certification under penalty of perjury as the judge had requested in his order a week ago. Ms. Clinton has provided a carefully worded and hedged certification that can be read here. She claims she has provided all emails “in her custody” – or directed them to be produced. That refers to the 55,000 emails her staff already carefully culled. We know that “all records in her custody” does not mean all federal records she had received or created—because additional ones have already been produced by her confidant Sidney Blumenthal. Ms. Clinton also said that Ms. Mills did not have an address on her private server but that Ms. Abedin did. There is an unconfirmed report that Ms. Mills’ attorneys have advised that she will not destroy the emails she has in digital form. Read more at http://observer.com/2015/08/breaking-cheryl-mills-to-destroy-emails-about-hillary-clinton/#ixzz3iVxH6ZPZ Follow us: @observer on Twitter | Observer on Facebook Read more at: http://tr.im/z4cbv

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