Fagg’s Unethical Shadow Campaign Comes Complete with Fundraisers
Helena – In the most concrete evidence of Russell Fagg’s unethical shadow campaign thus far, Fagg will be holding a fundraiser today in Billings.
His latest fundraiser with be a meet and greet at the swanky Petroleum Club at 7:30 p.m.The invite has a list of hosts and everything.
Of course, it’s not uncommon for a politician to be raising money. What is unusual is that Russell Fagg is still a sitting judge and hearing cases. Meanwhile, he is actively raising money for a political purpose, and using a loophole so he doesn’t have to disclose where that money is coming from.
This, of course, goes against Fagg’s own word.
In January Fagg told MTN news he “cannot ethically campaign for the seat while serving as a judge. According to Fagg, he would need to resign from the bench in order to campaign ethically.”
And in a column last year, Fagg even took Supreme Court justices to task when they accepted travel “paid for by private citizens.” And he said they needed to avoid even the “appearance of impropriety.” Well, he’s now being a hypocrite by doing the exact same thing – taking money from private citizens to travel, among other things, and giving the appearance of impropriety.
This is in addition to traveling to Washington, having a website full of policy statements,bashing his fellow GOP candidates in news stories, distributing glossy campaign literature,showing up at political party conventions to introduce himself to people, apparently hiring a campaign manager, and more.
“Russell Fagg’s hypocritical shadow fundraising is just the latest in a growing list of his unethical campaign activities,” said Chris Meagher, spokesman for the Montana Democratic Party. “But actions speak louder than words, and Fagg’s actions show he’s conducting a shadow campaign for Senate.”