ICYMI: MT GOP adopts 'Democracy Tax' for House seat

Dec. 29, 2016

HELENA -- The Montana GOP will charge individuals $1,740 to seek their party’s nomination as the candidate for the U.S. House seat in a special statewide election, according to news reports.

State Rep. Jeff Essmann of Billings, the party chairman, told MTN News Monday the party wants to ensure that anyone vying for the nomination is a serious candidate …”

With eight Republican names floated as possible candidates for the seat being vacated by Rep. Ryan Zinke, the Montana GOP stands to profit more than $10,000. Meanwhile The Montana Democrats have outlined an open and transparent process for selecting a nominee to run in this special election once it is called for by Gov. Steve Bullock.

“Leave it to the leaders of the  Montana Republican Party to turn Democracy into a fundraiser and limit its candidates to only those with thick wallets, said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democrats. “The Montana Democrats will not be introducing any sort of similar ‘Democracy Tax.’  We believe Democracy should be accessible to every Montanan working hard to put food on their tables and those who care about serving their communities. We’re here for all Montanans.”


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