ICYMI: Congressman Zinke linked to shady supporters
HELENA -- Caught this week being connected to a supporter under investigation for securities fraud, Congressman Zinke was forced to turn over $5,100 in campaign contributions.
John Kevin Moore is alleged to be involved in a $2.7 million Ponzi scheme and contributed numerous times to Congressman Zinke’s campaign.
“The 2014 records show Moore used different names and occupations, but the same Bigfork post office box number, to donate $5,100 within a month during Zinke’s 2014 general election campaign.” -- Missoulian (9/30/16)
This isn’t the first time Congressman Zinke has blurred the lines on ethical campaigning.
In 2015, he hired the head of his Super PAC Special Operations for America (SOFA), Scott Hommel, as his chief of staff.
Here’s what we know about the Super PAC SOFA:
- It was started in 2012 by Congressman Zinke and his buddy, Scott Hommel, who is now his chief of staff.
- Congressman Zinke benefitted from SOFA to the tune of nearly $200,000 in 2014.SOFA spent $3.4 million to try and buy elections in 2014.
- Before running for Congress, SOFA made $34,757 in payments to Zinke’s personal business, Continental Divide International.
- In 2014, national organizations such as the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed a complaint with the FEC that SOFA and Zinke were using illegal campaign coordination tactics.
“Congressman Zinke continues to demonstrate he’ll trample over Montanans in order to advance his own political career,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Montanans value honesty and transparency and Congressman Zinke continues to lie and undermine the public’s trust.”