SERIES: The MTGOP's Misplaced Priorities


Republican legislators put political agenda ahead of Montana jobs

HELENA -- The Montana Democratic Party today continued "The MTGOP's Misplaced Priorities" campaign highlighting Republican Legislators' focus on backward legislation that benefits their political agenda, ahead of legislation that promotes job creation or strengthens our economy. A new bill will be highlighted each day.

Today's example is a bill from Rep. Derek Skees (R- Kalispell) to remove independent oversight of campaigns and eliminate the Office of Political Practices. Rep. Skees' bill, HB 340, puts the fox in charge of the hen house by allowing politicians to police their own political activity.

This bill comes after the Commissioner of Political Practices held both Democrats and Republicans accountable including the high-profile conviction of Republican Rep. Art Wittich who violated campaign finance rules in 2016.

Editorial boards have also weighed in:
Billings Gazette: Why Montana needs good, new COPP
Montana Standard: Don't let big money gut key corruption watchdog
Yet, Rep. Skees would rather eliminate this office than focus on creating jobs or growing our economy

Is this what Montanans voted for?



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