HELENA – Greg Gianforte’s position on the so-called “American Health Care Act” wasn’t the only secret the New Jersey multimillionaire shared with his D.C. lobbyist donors last week. He also broke his pledge to Montanans not to solicit money from corporate PACs – and told his millionaire donors how to funnel money to his campaign through a backdoor.
Roll Call reports:
Both Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist say they have refused to accept corporate PAC money in the race for Montana’s at-large House seat. But when asked on last week’s call, audio of which was obtained by CQ Roll Call, whether he still did not accept PAC money, Gianforte gave a confusing answer.
“We do not accept any industry PAC money, although if someone wanted to support through a PAC our Victory Fund allows that money to go to all the get-out-the-vote efforts,” he said.
Gianforte went on.
“And the reason for that is I came off the governor’s race last year having made a big deal about not taking any PAC money, and it would be a self-inflicted wound. We are starting to lessen that by taking political PAC money. That’s why we took the leadership PAC money from members in the House but not industry PAC money directly to the campaign,” Gianforte said.
“This is just the latest example of Greg Gianforte saying one thing to Montana voters and something else to his D.C. lobbyist donors behind closed doors,” said Rob Quist for Montana communications director Tina Olechowski. “How can Montanans expect Gianforte to represent them in Congress when he only reveals his true values to his special interest donors? Montanans want a congressman who shoots straight, not one who breaks his word by funneling corporate money to his campaign through a backdoor.”
While Rob Quist’s campaign is funded by thousands of small donors with an individual contributions averaging just $25, Gianforte’s campaign is bankrolled by the same special-interest Super PAC pushing to pass the disastrous D.C. health care bill. They’ve spent at least $2 million on negative ads targeting Quist. Outside groups are spending over six times more on Gianforte’s behalf than those that are supporting Quist.
“The millions in special interest money bankrolling his campaign isn’t enough for Gianforte, who broke his pledge to Montana voters by soliciting corporate money to the Gianforte Victory Fund. Montanans aren’t for sale, and the billionaires’ attempt to buy this election will fail on May 25th,” Olechowski said.