Gianforte Mum on Dark Money, Continues to Fund Corruption in Montana Elections
(Helena, MT) - While Governor Steve Bullock joined Republican and Democratic legislators to sign the Disclose Act, New Jersey-turned-Montana millionaire Greg Gianforte has remained silent on the issue and has actively worked to keep corruption in Montana elections.
“Greg Gianforte has partnered with the out-of-state Koch Brothers to champion corruption and lead the fight against transparency in Montana elections,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Despite Greg Gianforte’s best efforts, Montana has beat back the corrupting dark money groups and will now have the most transparent elections in the nation, which Montanans expect and deserve.”
- Gianforte contributed over $500,000 to the Montana Family Foundation that led the opposition to the Disclose Act.
- Jeff Laszloffy of the Montana Family Foundation said the foundation would file a federal lawsuit against Montana challenging the Disclose Act if passed.
- Rep. Art Wittich (R-Belgrade) - who has served as Gianforte’s lawyer - criticized the bipartisan alliance supporting this measure and said, if passed, “will disadvantage campaigning by Republicans and businesses."
- Gianforte contributed $26,000 to the Montana Policy Institute that also testified against the Disclose Act.
- The Gianfortes have connections to the out-of-state Koch brothers' political front group, Americans for Prosperity, that has been actively working to influence state legislation.
Gianforte continues to finance the ongoing “civil war” in the Montana Republican Party, funding organizations that use dark money to wage nasty attacks against fellow Republicans in primaries. That intra-party conflict has often spilled into public view – most recently when nearly a dozen Republicans bucked party leadership to support clean campaigns, Medicaid expansion and the Salish Kootenai Tribal Water Compact.