A little known fact was brought to my attention today, one that will make it nearly impossible for Greg Gianforte to become a congressman, at least in America….
The Guardian just broke a huge story about Greg Gianforte’s investments in U.S. sanctioned Russian companies.
A Republican congressional candidate has financial ties to a number of Russian companies that have been sanctioned by the United States, the Guardian has learned.
Greg Gianforte, who is the GOP standard bearer in the upcoming special election in Montana, owns just under $250,000 in shares in two index funds that are invested in the Russian economy to match its overall performance.
$250,000 invested in funds with holdings in Gazprom and Rosneft(Russian Oil and Gas)
A former State Department official notes that Gianforte’s investments could lead to a conflict of interest because “betting on Russia’s economy is problematic”.
Like other things from Greg Gianforte’s past, this episode will do him no favors in his congressional race.
In fact, I believe this is a story that no Montana candidate, especially a loser in his first big race, can survive.
It plays directly into the narrative that Gianforte’s campaign doesn’t want to unfold: that Gianforte is a wealthy person from New Jersey, who moved to Montana to build a trophy home and fence off public land while getting rich by outsourcing and other money schemes like these Russian ties.
And it’s made even worse by the fact that he tried to hide this money. Just like the current administration’s illegal ties to Russian spies, Russian Money and Russian influence, the cover-up is almost a bigger story.
Gianforte will now be hobbled by this foolish greediness, which calls into question his emphatic declarations that the only thing he’s ever desired as a Bozeman resident been to help the citizens of his community.