Will Jennifer Olsen File a Frivolous Political Complaint Against Herself?

Given that Jennifer Olson, second in command of the two person Montana Shrugged movement, filed a complaint against Kendall Van Dyk for not breaking the law, I expect she’ll soon file one against herself—since she is indeed violating state law.

How? Conducting an online raffle,  to raise money for the perpetually begging Montana Shrugged Organization.


As both the Montana Meth Project and Elaine Sollie Herman can attest, the Montana Code explicitly forbids any form of online gambling in Montana, including raffles:

“Internet gambling”, by whatever name known, includes but is not limited to the conduct of any legal or illegal gambling enterprise through the use of communications technology that allows a person using money, paper checks, electronic checks, electronic transfers of money, credit cards, debit cards, or any other instrumentality to transmit to a computer information to assist in the placing of a bet or wager and corresponding information related to the display of the game, game outcomes, or other similar information.

For good measure, Olson also suggested that a potential purchaser circumvent federal law:


In case there was any ambiguity about what Olsen was suggesting, she soon cleared it up:


I assume we can expect Olsen and Jake Eaton to file their complaint on Monday.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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.


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