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2018 Election Featured Greg Gianforte House 2018 Montana Politics

Greg Gianforte, the Richest Person in Congress, Is Making Taxpayers Pay for His Campaign

If you’re like me, you’ve almost certainly received “official” communication in the mail from Congressman Gianforte over the past few months. It’s an odious Congressional practice that allows members to “frank” mail under the guise of informing their constituents, but generally serves no other purpose than letting incumbents further skew elections to their benefit.

We’re all used to it, but even members of Congress have some rules when it comes to spending our money to campaign. Candidates are not permitted to send any mailings within 90 days of an election, a rule that Congressman Gianforte is absolutely ignoring.

Just three weeks from Election Day, some voters in Montana have received yet another piece of franked mail from Gianforte’s office, this one not even passing the laughably low standard of informing the public normally associated with franked mail.

Instead, Gianforte used your tax dollars to remind you that he voted for tax cuts months ago and that, though he doesn’t give him credit, Governor Bullock has brought Montana to an 11-year low in unemployment.

No member of Congress should be able to use taxpayer dollars to campaign, but it’s especially galling that one who rails about fiscal responsibility is so willing to waste our money to bolster his chances of winning re-election. That he’s personally the richest member of Congress makes it even more upsetting.

The one bit of valuable information in the mailer is Gianforte’s D.C. office number. Perhaps we should all call 202-225-3211 and let him know how we feel about his blatant disregard for the rules and disrespect for Montanans.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

About the author

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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