Neil Livingstone’s Terrorist Connections Make the News Again

In its typically non-partisan approach, the Washington Times is reporting about a Treasury Department investigation into political lobbying for the Iranian terrorist group MEK.

Who is the MEK? According to the Treasury Department:

“But the MEK is a designated terrorist group, therefore U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with or providing services to this group,” the spokesman said.

Designated terrorist groups are subject to sanctions and the spokesman, added that “the Treasury Department takes sanctions enforcement seriously and routinely investigates potential violations of sanctions laws.”

It’s against the law for an American to engage in a financial transaction with any group on the terrorism list, but it certainly hasn’t stopped Republican gubernatorial candidate Neil Livingstone, whose willingness to support those who sponsor terrorism was not limited to a certain colonel from Libya.

Once the Washington Times story broke today, foreign correspondent Laura Rozen specifically called out Livingstone on her Twitter feed:



I’m not sure what makes me most uncomfortable with Livingstone: an absolute lack of scruples that has allowed him to profit from dictators and terrorists or his penchant for threatening to declare war on enemies, both domestic and imagined, if elected governor.

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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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  • Neil is not going to win. Why doesn't he just save us all the bother of putting up with him for the next 3 months and drop out now? Wait, I remember: By running in the primary, he keeps his running mate Commander Zinke out of running for re-election in the Senate. Thank you, Neil!

    • How did Zinke, who by all accounts seems like a decent fellow, get mixed UP with Livingscam? I don't get it?

  • Washington's "Designated Terrorists" are usually groups that are fighting Washington-sponsored terrorists somewhere. The whole idea that people in Washington can designate people elsewhere as terrorists is black comedy. I would certainly want to know more before labeling Mr. Livingstone based on the slim reed of that silly list.

  • Larry, don't give Zinke so much credit. I've been around a lot of very cool customers in many parts of the globe. The real killers who have seen the elephant are quiet, humble, respectful. The big talkers like Ryan Zinke are usually more show than substance. In fact, the really top operators go out of their way to prevent people from finding out they were in SEAL Team 6 or in Delta Force or in CIA. They would rather everyone thought they ran a one man auto garage in their home town. So my guess is Zinke's ego and mouth are many times larger than his real life trophy case.

    I've only met Livingstone once, so who knows what his story is. But again, I suspect he is more of a Beltway Bandit than the real deal. If he was as connected and experienced as he claims, he could probably take over a country the size of Montana, rather than subject himself to the humiliation of getting trounced by Ken Miller, the biggest do-nothing of them all.

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