By now, you’re probably heard about Montana Republican congressional candidate Steve Daines extensive googlewashing campaign to keep you from learning about his past. Now, he’s expanded his quest to hide his background to Youtube.
What is Daines trying to hide?
For one thing, Daines doesn’t want you to see this Youtube video by Common Sense Issues. The video used to come up when you conducted a Youtube search of Steve Daines. Now, if you try the search, you’ll see that it does not.
The video is evidence in the FEC complaint filed against Daines over illegal campaigning. The Billings Gazette reported in 2010 that Daines is accused of using the video, among other things, to “run a shadow campaign for the U.S. Senate using soft money from a Colorado political action committee.”
Candidates are supposed to file for office and submit campaign reports for public inspection when they run for office. Daines claimed he wasn’t running. He later announced he would run against Tester. When the GOP decided Daines couldn’t win against the Democrat, Daines switched to running for the house.
If Daines is going to got through such expensive and extensive lengths to hide embarrasing video, he should also probably work to hide all the videos tying him to former GOP legislator Roy Brown. Daines was Brown’s running mate for governor on the Republican ticket in 2008. Their failed attempt to oust Governor Schweitzer was one of the most embarrassing campaign episodes in MTGOP history. Brown’s name was so worthless after his defeat that he was unable to get re-elected in his own legislative district. Instead, Brown was defeated by a young Kendall Van Dyk. Sen. Van Dyk (D-Billings) is a non-profit staffer who works 60 hours a week and has no personal wealth. Brown is a well-healed former oil executive who does not work and had unlimited time to campaign.