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On Equal Pay Day: What Was the Wage Gap at RightNow Technologies Under Greg Gianforte?

On Equal Pay Day, Montana Democrats are calling on New Jersey multimillionaire Greg Gianforte to release the wage gap of his employees at RightNow Technologies, and state whether he opposes or supports the Paycheck Fairness Act that Republican legislators killed last session. Many of those legislators have contributed to Gianforte's campaign.

In 2014, Governor Steve Bullock conducted and released the results of a state employee audit that showed that women earned 86.9 percent of what men earned and that women in management or supervising positions earned 99.5 percent of what their male counterparts earned--a rate far higher than both the state and national average.

Bullock has made it a top priority in his administration to close the wage gap to guarantee equal pay for equal work, keeping Montana's economy strong and ensuring that all Montanans are treated equally and can prosper together. He created the Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force and has called for the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would provide wage transparency and help close the wage gap in Montana. 

"Greg Gianforte says he will run state government like his business," said Jason Pitt, a spokesperson for the Montana Democratic Party. "With this in mind, Montanans deserve to know what the wage gap was at RightNow Technologies under Gianforte's watch."

All we know about Gianforte in terms of equal pay is that he donated thousands of dollars to Republican legislators who voted to kill the Paycheck Fairness Act last legislative session:

  • $160 - Elsie Arntzen
  • $170 - Mark Blasdel
  • $290 - John Brenden
  • $160 - Dee Brown
  • $500 - Kris Hansen
  • $340 - Jedediah Hinkle
  • $160 - Brian Hoven
  • $490 - Doug Kary
  • $3,890 - Matt Rosendale
  • $160 - Scott Sales
  • $170 - Cary Smith
  • $320 - Janna Taylor
  • $170 - Gordon Vance
  • $160 - Chas Vincent
  • $160 - Roger Webb

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