A new television ad went up this week that tells Montanans in no uncertain terms about how Gianforte sued to eliminate a popular fishing access spot in front of his river-front mansion. This is the last thing Gianforte wants to talk about on the campaign trail, but he won’t be able to duck it now.
See for yourself.
Gianforte was even caught lying about his lawsuit in a public debate two weeks ago. In that debate, Gianforte said “We have never sued the state to block access.” He has also claimed on a so-called “tele-townhall meeting” (this is a conference call folks), “I’ve never sued to end stream access on our property.”
Gianforte’s lawsuit against the people of Montana to eliminate a public stream access in front of his mansion is posted online in several places, as are the documents which show the Gianfortes are listed as a principal of the East Gallatin LLC. Art Wittich was the attorney that the Gianfortes hired to bring the lawsuit. Wittich was found by a jury of his peers to be guilty of 3 counts of corruption. Why someone with $400 million would hire Art Wittich to represent him when he could get anyone in the world is interesting to say the least.
Here’s the transcript and factual backup for the ad – also from Youtube.
A millionaire from New Jersey thinks you’re easily hooked.
“I am a supporter of stream access laws.”
“and we welcome people on our property.”
But official court records prove that’s a fish tale.
See, Greg Gianforte sued to eliminate a popular access spot next to his riverfront mansion.
FWP even demanded he remove intimidating signs and a gate put up to block you out
And now Jersey-Gianforte thinks he should be governor of Montana?
Don’t buy it. Hook. Line. Or sinker.
Gianforte: “Yeah, I am a supporter of stream access laws as they stand today. In fact, I personally own probably the closest river access to downtown Bozeman. We live on the East Gallatin and in the summer we probably have 4 to 6 cars parked on our property there every single day and we welcome people on our property, so I’m a defende – and I am a beneficiary as well because I go other places and I love to fish, so.” [Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 3/9/16]
Gianforte declared a financial interest in East Gallatin LLC. [campaignreport.mt.gov/, accessed 3/11/16; app.mt.gov, accessed 3/11/16]
East Gallatin LLC Filed Suit Against the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. [East Gallatin County Court, 5/21/09]
Plaintiff Asked “To quiet title and to extinguish all alleged easement interests claimed by FWP or any other parties across the parcel.” [East Gallatin County Court, 5/21/09]
Billings Gazette: “Governor Candidate Gianforte Sued State in 2009 Over Access to River.” [Billings Gazette, 5/10/16]
Gianfortes’ Own Several Parcels of Land Along Manley Road Near East Gallatin River. [Billings Gazette, 5/10/16]
FWP Legal Counsel Wrote, “Remove the Intimidating Signs and Gate That Keep People from Accessing the Recreation Easement” Art Wittich About His Clients. [Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 10/30/08]
Gianforte went to college in Hoboken, New Jersey. [Jersey Journal, 9/18/12]
Before moving to Montana, the Gianfortes lived in New Jersey. [Better Jobs Montana, accessed 4/12/16]
Gianforte held stock worth about $290 million in the Oracle buyout of his company. [Ottawa Citizen, 10/25/11]