Dark Money Daines is dodging and ducking from Montana


HELENA -- Senator Steve Daines today linked arms with a dark money Washington D.C. special interest group to try and distract his own constituents from the fact that he has been hiding from them.


Daines joined state Senate President Scott Sales, Montana Speaker House Austin Knudsen and Montana GOP Chairman Jeff Essmann in supporting the Judicial Crisis Network, a secretive political group that is spending more than $500,000 to influence Montanans’ view of Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch.


“For weeks, Steve Daines has been hiding from Montanans and today he took his game of hide and seek to a whole new level by backing secretive out-of-state special interests,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Republican leaders can try and hide behind shady political ads, but the people of Montana won’t be bought and sold by a bunch of Washington D.C.-based Copper Kings.”

Keenan added that Daines refused to meet with the last U.S. Supreme Court nominee, choosing instead to block his confirmation vote. Tester, who met with Gorsuch less than a week after the nomination was announced, says he is still soliciting feedback from Montanans before making a decision.

Daines has had a rough few weeks trying to escape his constituents.  

  • On February 10, Daines was greeted by a group of Bozeman residents who simply wanted to know why he took over $70,000 from Betsy DeVos, her family, and their business before voting to confirm her as U.S. Education Secretary.  

  • On February 17, hundreds of people rallied in front of Daines’ office with a giant Q-Tip calling on him to listen to their concerns.

  • On February 21, Daines rescheduled his speech to the Montana Legislature after his constituents planned a town hall event to greet him at the Montana State Capitol.


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