That Greg Gianforte made a lot of money as a businessman there can be little doubt. But he’s clearly a novice campaigner.
Case in point: he failed to think things through when he pulled a publicity stunt, several months ago, in which he showed up at the Governor’s office and demanded that Steve Bullock sign a “pledge” promising not to take PAC money.
Bullock refused to sign it, and the grounds were stated here at Cowgirl: PACs are simply collections of individuals, and no PAC can donate more than $660 just like an individual. They must also publicly report their donors. It’s harmless to the Montana political system. And it’s nothing like a “Super PAC” which might spend millions on a single candidate. Gianforte, meanwhile, will spend his own fortune on the race, which is money with a corporate origin. Bullock doesn’t have that kind of dough.
It was revealed this week that Gianforte has decided that PAC money isn’t so bad. He was busted raising it, in DC. Here is the video.