While Governor Brian Schweitzer claims the home of the governor is exempt, Republicans believe that a fundraiser held Monday October 18, 2010 at the Governor’s mansion is in violation of a state law banning use of government resources for political work. Montana law states, “a public officer or public employee may not use
public time, facilities, equipment, supplies, personnel, or funds to
solicit support for or opposition to any political committee, the
nomination or election of any person to public office, or the passage of
a ballot issue.” (MCA 2-2-121(3)(a)). Among co-hosts of this party were the state’s top law enforcement officer, Steve Bullock, the state’s top elections officer, Linda McCulloch, and a number of partisan lobbyists. We will keep this in mind when Bullock is running for governor in the future.
The chairman of the Montana Republican Party, Will Deschamps:
Van Dyk has a history of flouting the law so this should come as no surprise.
Van Dyk is running a dirty campaign against Roy Brown in the SD25 race in Billings. Voters of the district have received numerous nasty mailers sent out by Van Dyk and his friends. Values Energy & Growth PAC, a new shadowy political action committee is responsible for many of the attack mailers and ads airing now.
It appears Van Dyk’s platform of one issue- stream access- isn’t enough to win a race so he is resorting to criticism of the incumbent senator’s home decor and other very worthy attacks. Kudos to Roy Brown for handling this sort of rubbish with class.
The villain in the governor’s mansion, Brian Schweitzer should know better… and I’m sure he does. He simply doesn’t care. Vote for Roy Brown, send Kendall Van Dyk downstream.