Campaign Finance; Finger Pointing at its Finest

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I have to get this off of my chest even if it is a little late in coming.

The Montana GOP not-so-recently unleashed attacks on the Bullock campaign for having a paid-by-party spokesperson. Now, let it be known that I understand the legal conundrum this situation potentially presents, even if we were all assuming the issue was solved in May by the commissioner of political practices.  However, there is a larger ethical question surrounding the complaint that I would like to have an honest conversation about.

Why is it more acceptable for Denny Rehberg to receive nearly 30k from Exxon Mobile in 2011-2012 than for a Bullock staffer to be paid by the Democratic Party, since this money is equally coming from “other” sources? This obvious juxtaposition reduces the complaint to watered-down, election season, finger pointing and, frankly, we should have no patience for it. Obviously, it would be naive to assume any Party or candidate is completely clean of outside money, but at least the Montana Dems have not tried to and hide their donors while “crying financial foul” at someone they do not want to see elected. Unfortunately, there is no sense of sportsmanship in politics.

Considering their fierce opposition to any kind of campaign finance regulation, I find it particularly brazen that the Montana GOP now cares about its enforcement. Keep in mind that this is the same group that wants to make contributions a secret so no voter can see who has paid for what. Yet, the GOP knows campaign finance ethics could be a decisive voting issue for the independent Montana base that has not forgotten Citizens United, even if the topic has been mildly written off on the national level. This realization is only heightened by the Montana Supreme court’s rejection of the challenge to the 40,000 signature strong I-166 which received bi-partisan support for its placement on the November ballot.

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I am a Montanan, fisher-person, and a passionate progressive. My political interests lie within political ethics, economic justice, and the responsiveness of government to the needs of real people.

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How can a woman who represents herself as Christian work so hard for a party and movement that promotes anti-Christian values such as homosexuality, abortion, the destruction of families, the promotion of promiscuity, the removal of religion from the public sphere, the forced sponsorship of contraception by the Catholic Church, and the support for taxpayer-sponsored abortions internationally through the United Nations? Do you know that the Progressive movement began as a religious movement but has since disavowed its origins? You will recoil at what I write, but one day when you’re older and wiser, you will rue the travesty you… Read more »

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Jidia,

While Micah’s response is far more eloquent than mine, might I suggest you read a book? It’s called the New Testament. Read it–and explain how anyone can support a party that demonizes the poor.

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Photon

Very well said! Expository Biblical Thinking!

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Erica

Great article Micah! Raises to the front this interesting dilemma the GOP find themselves in!
And as stated above your response to the attack on your political and spiritual beliefs was well stated and frankly inspiring!! I was curious how you would respond to such an attack but you did it beautifully!! Great job lady! Keep the posts coming!!

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I think you’re right on the money – those rules not deemed unconstitutional by citizen’s united now seem almost unimportant. It’s like insulating your windows when your roof has blown off. Obviously candidates still need to follow the laws because…it’s the law and all, but for their compliance to be meaningful we need a comprehensive system, which is probably going to require a constitutional amendment or a couple new justices.

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Jidia, you should go to this website and check it out. You might find it enlightening (unless you’re a Pharisee):
http://www.thechristianleft.org/

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p.s. Here’s their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/TheChristianLeft

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