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Art Wittich, Who Helped Gianforte Block Access to Public Lands, Loses Campaign Finance Appeal

Helena – Former Republican State Senator Art Wittich, who accepted more than $19,000 in dark money during his 2010 campaign for state senate, lost his appeal to the Montana Supreme Court today. He has been ordered to pay more than $68,000 in fines for his illegal actions.
 
But Wittich is also known for being linked to another politician who has had trouble with the law. In 2009, Wittich filed an infamous lawsuit on behalf of now-Congressman Greg Gianforte to block public access to a public easement that ran through Gianforte’s property. Gianforte fenced the land, “actively excluded the public from accessing” the easement, and falsely argued the lawsuit was not about land access.
 
During this August recess, Gianforte has been pretty busy avoiding questions on health care, refusing to hold any town halls, and fighting his own legal troubles. But what does he think about his former lawyer being fined more than $68,000 for accepting dark money donations?
 
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