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Congressman Hill Lied to Voters About Taking Money from Big Tobacco

Helena, Mont. – As folks in Big Sky Country recognize World No Tobacco Day, the Montana Democratic Party is providing voters with a fact-check on tea party gubernatorial candidate – and former member of congress – Rick Hill's relationship with Big Tobacco, and his lying to voters about taking campaign contributions from the industry.

Facts About Rick Hill’s Relationship with Big Tobacco Include:

Ø  Hill Received $7,000 in Campaign Contributions from Big Tobacco: From 1996 thru March 1998, Rick Hill received $7,000 in campaign contributions from Big Tobacco. These infamous corporate PAC donors include Philip Morris, RJR Nabisco, UST Executives Administrators and Managers, and the Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation (1).

Ø  Asserted He Would No Longer Accept Money from Big Tobacco PACs: In March 1998, Hill’s campaign promised to “stop accepting campaign contributions from the [tobacco] industry (2).” 

Ø  Hill Broke Promise Taking $1,000 Big Tobacco Campaign Contribution: In October 1998, Hill accepted a $1,000 campaign contribution from RJR Nabisco’s PAC (3).

“Congressman Hill has a history of supporting Big Tobacco over the interests of hardworking Montanans,” said Ted Dick, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Hill lied about his relationship with the tobacco industry by taking campaign contributions after telling voters that he would not. Montanans deserve better than someone with a proven track record of empty promises.”

Check the Facts

1. Federal Elections Commission Website. “Richard Hill.” 1995-2000.

2. Associated Press. “Hill, Deschamps Argue Over Agriculture, Military Spending, Tobacco Money.” October 27, 1998.

3. Federal Elections Commission Website. “Richard Hill.” 1995-2000.

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