Put a Fork in Him: Gianforte’s Russian Money Conflict of Interest

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”.

Full story from The Guardian: GOP candidate has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies

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.


9 Comments on "Put a Fork in Him: Gianforte’s Russian Money Conflict of Interest"

  1. Disgusting as it is, being in bed with communist Russia seems to be the “in thing” for all the Republicans!

  2. Tovarisch!!

  3. Robert Yohannan | April 29, 2017 8:11 AM at 8:11 AM |

    Assume nothing, Republicans vote against their own self interest ALL the time!

  4. Too bad he doesn’t have a strong opponent.

  5. “…(Tina Olechowski, a spokesman for Gianforte’s opponent, Democrat Rob Quist)…emphasized Quist’s strong stance againt Russia. “Putin’s Russia invaded Ukraine and interfered in last fall’s presidential election,” said Olechowski. “That kind of aggression is a clear threat to our democracy and global security, and in Congress Rob would evaluate all of our options including whether it makes sense to step up military aid to Ukraine”…”
    While Gianforte’s (and Trump’s) Catch-22 business mentality is criminal, Democratic knee-jerking about military action against Russia (which is what Olechowski is inferring) is wrong-headed. Russia has nuclear weapons, too, and Crimea is their one warm-water port. Duh. I of course support Rob, but Memo to his DCC handlers (and maybe him): please assume you’re talking to grown-ups? Red-baiting never helps.

  6. Will this get press in Montana? Your excellent blog is a good start, but it needs to hit the MTStandard and the other papers, and be used by the Democratic party.

  7. Read Montana Standard and Lee Inc ink today on front page of Missoulian.
    There you have it, pure and simple. Montana favors wealth care, not affordable health care. Montana wants tax breaks for hedge fund ops, the 1%, and corporate officers. Montana likes the Trump Administration roll out. President Trump may be more unpopular than any President in my 3/4 century. But Montana is peculiar.

    For it does not matter to us that FWP funds are witheld. Does not matter to us that Public Lands, National Parks and Reservations are being re-defined.

    Does not matter to us that EPA gets cut. What’s the EPA ever done in Montana? Asbestos around Libby and Copperhead toxins are nothing but words on paper.

    Does not matter to us that our Counties impacted by our drying climate have needed State/Federal resources and dollars.

    Does not matter to us when politician lobbyists promote that male seed has more prior rights than does female seed.

    Does not matter to us when politician lobbyists re-position private education to acquire rights to public money streams.

    We are comparatively less educated and we will vote against our interests, families, friends, air and water.

    We will blindly, stupidly forget what we learned about “citizen legislators” as a key ingredient in the American form of Government.

    We in Montana want to remain ignorant of how Trump agents conspired with Putin agents to successfully tip our 2016 Presidential Election.

    Montana read how Mike Smith/Montana Standard; Rob Chaney/Missoulian and Lee Inc. ink has got you pegged, on the front page!


  8. boB AKA @Gyrogyrloose | April 29, 2017 4:36 PM at 4:36 PM |

    I’M TRYING TO FIND SOMEONE TO PRINT THE COLD WARRIOR PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATE THE ARMY GAVE ME ON A FEW ROLLS OF TOILET PAPER TO PASS OUT AT GOP EVENTS. Oh, crap, sorry, I just noticed my caps lock on. still, anybody know any cheap “novelty” printers?

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