Montana Politics

Denny Rehberg Values Corporate Donations More than Government Transparency


Joining all but one of this Republican colleagues, Representative Rehberg voted Wednesday night to allow major government contractors to keep campaign contributions secret:

Transparency of campaign financing by government contractors is nothing new. At the federal level, contractors have been disclosing their political action committee contributions for decades, and more than a dozen states impose special campaign finance reporting requirements on state contractors.

But the simple act of making public the amount of money government contractors are throwing at politicians who help award those contracts is apparently still too much for congressional Republicans, many of whom are the primary beneficiaries of secret corporate slush funds and do not want the American public to know that.

As a result, in the dead of night, the House voted to approve the unrelated Cole rider to the defense authorization bill.

Certainly interesting, given how often Representative Rehberg bleats about the need fro transparency when it comes to government action and spending.  Look at his own statements:

  • “Montanans expect and deserve a new level of government transparency that wasn’t possible when the Antiquities Act was first created more than a century ago”
  • “Transparency is an essential part of any government that derives its authority from the consent of the people,” said Rehberg, a member of the House Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee.
  • “I think Montanans would be outraged to learn that huge national special interest groups with multi-million dollar endowments are bankrolling thousands of lawsuits with tax dollars meant for small businesses, individuals and non-profits,” said Rehberg a member of the House Western Caucus.  “It’s one thing to have access to the courts, but it’s another to force taxpayers to pay for it.  Since 1995, the federal government has inexplicably stopped tracking how it spends these funds, and it’s time to restore the transparency and accountability.”

The lesson? Representative Rehberg wants “transparency” when it suits his political needs but doesn’t believe it should apply to him or the massive companies funneling campaign contributions to support members of Congress.

The only thing transparent about all of this are his motives. But why should Rehberg care? The Montana media certainly won’t report on this latest hypocritical vote.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


  • I think this is an issue of timing.  Rehberg is probably afraid to give any more information/power to a current administration that is renowned for its corrupt abuse of government grant and contracting processes.  A couple of examples come to mind:

    Obama (and by default, Tester) advocating for ACORN (and its subsidiaries, which is a very important distinction), to get government funding after a demonstrated pattern of voter fraud, tax fraud, money laundering and the numerous videos from all over the country which show ACORN employees helping enable a pedophile prostitution ring.  After all that, they wanted ACORN to get millions in government grants and be key partners in conducting the 2010 census.  Complete corruption. 

    Obama and Tester lying about Obamacare.  Obama AND Tester touted how Obamacare would/could/should be on CSPAN for at least 72 hours before passage/votes/etc.  In Tester’s case, it was to be brought before Montanans via a similar medium, etc.  And of course we all know this never happened.  It was most famously memorialized in the Pelosi “we need to pass this so that you can find out what’s in it.” 

    Obama has openly stated that hispanics should “punish their enemies” (i.e. Republicans, since we all know Marco Rubio is from Finland), and has established a very solid pattern of thug politics.  Harry Reed’s racist comment about how he doesn’t understand how any hispanic could vote Republican, etc.  The list goes on and on. . .

    If I were a company, I’d be scared to death of political bias/retaliation from Democrat and union thuggery.  Oh wait!  I own a company and I am scared to death of this! 

  • Sadly, you failed today’s “Work as Many Stupid Things I Learned from Glen Beck” contest by a mere two items. Next time, try to work in more paranoia and a plug for gold next time!

    • I don’t know if I can compete with such wit.  Ignore every point, every fact, call person stupid, move on. 

      So do you have anything meaningful to say?

  • No, I don’t. You’re clearly beyond reason. You’re citing refuted nonsensical conspiracy theories and bullshit. Don’t pretend like regurgitating the lies you hear on right wing radio and television is engaging in debate.

    If you want to defend Representative Rehberg’s decision to let government contractors buy influence, do that on the merit of the argument.  Otherwise, peddle your paranoia somewhere else.

  • I mean seriously.  You can YOUTUBE every single time ACORN told a pimp and prostitute how to shield a child prostitution ring from paying taxes.  YOU CAN GO SEE IT FOR YOURSELF.

    And what is your response to Pelosi’s statement?  Are all the waivers granted in her district part of a huge Fox News conspiracy?  If that’s the case, FNC is the best friend you have.

    And is ACORN not in huge financial trouble because of corruption and embezzlement?

    You can YOUTUBE Obama promising to be more transparent with legislation.  You can YOUTUBE Tester saying the same thing about single payer healthcare, (oh, you can also YOUTUBE Obama calling his current monstrosity the precursor to single payer after we poor peasants get lied to as well).

    You can YOUTUBE Obama’s statement to Hispanics.

    You can YOUTUBE Reed’s statement ABOUT Hispanics. 

    Are you blind?  Or are you so utterly biased and corrupt that you simply ignore that which doesn’t fit into your bizarre world view.  These are serious questions. 

    • Those aren’t serious questions, but I will answer them.  ACORN videos – faked.  And the guy is a criminal, so I’m not sure about his credibility, anyway.

      Pelosi’s statement is irrelevant.  Also she’s not running for Senator of Montana, Denny Rehberg is. 

      ACORN may be corrupt and bankrupt; again irrelevant to Jon Tester.  If the new gold standard is to defend every organization a candidate may be someone connected with by voting to give them contracts, you’d better call Halliburton’s publicist to get some talking points to defend ol’ Denny. 

      Single payer health care is the most popular health care option in almost every poll.  Thus, we will hopefully implement it as people become more comfortable with the prospect of government involvement in healthcare. 

      Obama and Reed are both right about Hispanics:  with the exception of Cubans, who have been helped along considerably by conservative policies towards Castro, Latinos when deciding who to vote for ought to be at least a little turned off by the GOP championing both our fantasy world immigration policy and our incredibly destructive drug policies, both of which disproportionately affect people from Latin America, on both sides of the border. 

      And as long as YouTube is a good source of evidence, you might want to check out that UFO over Jerusalem. 

  • So here’s a serious question:  are you truly happy with yourself knowing that your whole purpose in life is to lie, cheat, distort and help with the stealing of America for leftists and socialists?  How did you come to view the world this way?  Or are you just doing this to get paid?

    • Pogie’s purpose in life is not to lie, cheat, or distort anything.  Nor is it really to reveal Denny Rehberg for who he is and get Jon Tester elected.  I imagine he, like I, gets more fulfillment from, you know, his JOB, which I can tell you he does very well.  

  • Do you imagine that I get paid to write this blog? Oh wait, you probably think I get a check from George Soros.

    I’m not interested in your assessment of my character or morality. If you want to discuss an issue, feel free. Otherwise, wander off and watch some more Fox News.

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