In the series of ethical violations that have plagued the Zinke campaign, it’s easy to forget some of the details, but one that has always stayed with me was the transparent nature of the coordination between his Special Operations for America Super PAC and his campaign. The Huffington Post ran a story showing that until after Zinke declared his candidacy for the US House race, the Super PAC’s physical address was across the street from Zinke’s house, in a property he owned.
Well, a tipster from the Flathead area sent me a video demonstrating that the Zinke house he claimed was the office for Special Operations for America was anything but, and instead was a hollowed-out shell of a building, complete with Ryan Zinke campaign signs in the backyard.
It’s clear that Zinke’s personal SuperPAC was never physically located at the address he claimed on his FEC reports, but that he used a different address from his own to hide his association with the group. While the kind of work that the SOFA SuperPAC was engaged in should be familiar to Montanans who remember finding campaign documents inside a meth house we certainly should be able to expect better from a candidate for the US House.
Just not this candidate.