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NEW: Matt Rosendale Has Received Campaign Contributions from Companies He’s Supposed to Oversee on the Land Board

UNITED STATES - August 29: Matt Rosendale (R) Montana during an interview at Roll Call in Washington, D.C. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)
Written by Don Pogreba
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During his time on the Montana State Land Board, Matt Rosendale has voted to approve multiple projects applied for by companies whose PACs and employees have donated to his campaigns.

Rosendale received campaign contributions from several companies or their executives or lobbyists and later voted in favor of their projects on the Land Board.

This news, of course, comes on top of his already shady dealings when it comes to campaign finance. Rosendale got into hot water a few months ago for a campaign finance scheme that allowed his big, max out donors to continue to give him more money. It was called out for looking “a lot like a money laundering scheme.”

Many of those involved in paying off Rosendale in the campaign finance scheme were insurance executives pushing the same junk plans Rosendale has so forcefully endorsed.

Later, he was caught on a secret recording discussing potential illegal coordination with a dark money group. Then, it was reported that as a regulator, he dropped charges and fines against a top donor to his campaign after he took office.

And now, we see Rosendale was taking money from companies he was elected to oversee on the Land Board.

WBI Energy and Montana-Dakota Utilities

Rosendale voted to approve projects applied for by WBI Energy Midstream, LLC and Montana-Dakota Utilities after receiving a total of $900 in campaign contributions from one of their executives, Paul Hopfauf. In 2013, Hopfauf donated $500 to Rosendale’s campaign for U.S. House as an executive of WBI Energy. In 2016 Hophauf, then a manager for MonDak, contributed $400 to Rosendale’s campaign for state auditor.

After taking office on the Land Board, Rosendale voted to approve two projects applied for by WBI Energy Midstream, LLC and one applied for by Montana-Dakota Utilities.

Mid-Rivers Communications

After receiving $500 in campaign contributions from a trustee for Mid-Rivers Communications, Rosendale twice voted to approve projects applied for by the company.

Alan Sevier, District 9 trustee for Mid-Rivers Communication, donated $250 to Rosendale’s campaign for U.S. House and another $250 to his campaign for state auditor. After taking his seat on the Land Board, Rosendale voted to approve two projects proposed by Mid-Rivers Communications.

MCR Transmission, LLC

Rosendale voted to approve a project applied for by MCR Transmission, LLC after receiving a legal maximum contribution from the owner of the company. In 2012, MCR, LLC owner Mac McDermott donated $160 to Rosendale’s campaign for state senate, the maximum contribution at the time. In 2018, Rosendale voted to approve an MCR Transmission application that came before the Land Board.

Keesun Corporation

After receiving a maximum campaign contribution from the owner of oil and gas company Keesun Corporation, Rosendale voted to approve the oil and gas lease offered to the company by the Department of Natural Resources. In 2012, the owner of Keesun Corporation, Toni Finstad, donated $160 to Rosendale’s campaign for state senate, the maximum contribution at the time. In 2017, after taking office on the Land Board, Rosendale voted to approve an oil and gas lease offered to the company.

Matt Rosendale is the swamp.

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