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Montana Democrats Call on Gianforte, MT GOP to Return All PAC Checks

Letter Cites PAC Pledge Hypocrisy 

Today the Montana Democratic Party sent a letter the campaign of Greg Gianforte calling on him to honor his pledge and demand the Montana Republican Party return all PAC money received during his controversial Thursday Washington DC fundraiser and throughout the election cycle.

The letter reads: "Today, Montana Democratic Party is calling on you to honor your pledge and demand the MT GOP return all PAC money received during this event and throughout the election cycle."

"The Montana Democratic Party understands that this should not be a difficult ask for you. Given the fact that you have not ruled out pouring your own fortune into your campaign, and since you have donated $150,000 to the Republican Governors Association, demanding the MT GOP to send back all PAC money is not a tall order."

New Jersey multimillionaire Greg Gianforte recently made headlines after he was caught attending a PAC-money fundraiser in Washington DC, just months after pledging to not accept any PAC money.

You can see the full text of the letter below.

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Mr. Gianforte,

While we come from different political parties, we appreciate your efforts to put yourself forward as a candidate for office this year.

We write to you today on a matter of concern for all Montanans: Trust.

When you announced your campaign for Governor two months ago, you said you wanted no PAC money to help you in this campaign. You even said you would tear up the checks. 

However, last Thursday, news reports surfaced that you hosted a Washington, D.C., special interest fundraiser that solicited PAC checks of at least $1,000 for the Montana Republican Party – a group that is actively working to elect you as governor.  To Montanans, this appears to be a shell game: You are actively raising PAC money into the state party to support your election.

Today, the Montana Democratic Party is calling on you to honor your pledge and demand the MT GOP return all PAC money received during this event and throughout the election cycle.

It is already clear the MT GOP is campaigning on your behalf by authoring opinion pieces, sending press releases and building a field campaign. If you truly believe special interest PAC money has no place in your campaign, then it's only fitting that the MT GOP send back all PAC money you raised for them last week.

The Montana Democratic Party understands that this should not be a difficult ask for you. Given the fact that you have not ruled out pouring your own fortune into your campaign, and since you have donated $150,000 to the Republican Governors Association, demanding the MT GOP to send back all PAC money is not a tall order.

Montanans deserve better than a shell game. We encourage you to do what's right, and demand the Montana Republican Party sends back all PAC money.


The Montana Democratic Party

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