Fox Campaign Accuses Greg Gianforte of “Insider Trading” and Profiteering on COVID-19

Yesterday, the campaign for Montana Attorney General Tim Fox accused Greg Gianforte, our current US House Representative and his rival for the GOP nomination for governor, of financing his campaign by insider trading capitalizing on COVID-19.

In an e-mail from campaign manager Jack Cutter, the Fox campaign laid into Gianforte:

It’s an incredible claim, no doubt based on the research that shows Gianforte, rather than putting his investments into a blind trust as promised, has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past three months in companies hoping to profit from COVID-19, including the French manufacturer of Hydroxychloroquine.

I’m not sure—and never suggested—that Gianforte is engaging in insider trading, which makes the Fox campaign claim all the more explosive. Do they have additional evidence that Gianforte has broken the law? Are they exaggerating his sins (which include greed and dishonesty, to be precise) for political effect? Is this just the last desperate swing of a campaign that has failed to convince Montana Republicans that Fox is conservative enough to win their favor?

Whatever the reason for the Fox attack, it’s the kind of story that deserves coverage in the press. Maybe it’s not as crucial as a poster for a rock concert, the type of story that required three days of news stories and editorials across the state, but it’s incomprehensible to me that it’s not of news value that the sitting Republican Attorney General just accused the sitting Republican Congressional representative of breaking the law and of profiteering off a global crisis that has killed 16,000 Americans in only a few weeks.

I certainly hope that the media in Montana plan to cover Congressman Gianforte with a critical eye during this campaign. This story, the issue of the blind trust itself, his flip-flop to accept PAC money, and his support for a massive, 30% tax cut that will bankrupt vital services across the state, just to name a few, deserve scrutiny from someone other than Attorney General Fox and a partisan blogger.

Some of you may ask why I write so much about Greg Gianforte. Isn’t the real question why does the press write so little?

Candidates, especially self-funded ones like Greg Gianforte, deserve the scrutiny of the press. Otherwise, the lesson will become this: all one needs to run for office in Montana is enough money to carpet bomb the state with advertisements, and the people will vote with an incomplete and inaccurate understanding of the people who lead us. Do we really want elections to be one because one candidate can pay for more lies and is more willing to them?

That’s the future I fear.

Ballots go out in this race in less than a month, plenty of time for the Montana media to dig into these claims against Congressman Gianforte and let us know the full measure of the man who seems to believe he deserves to be governor.

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.

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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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  • We are fortunate to still have some good, honest reporters on the job, telling us the truth!

    This is also the time for beginning to clean our U.S. House and U.S. Senate . . . to sweep corrupt politicians out for good . . . not only on the federal level but local and state governments as well.

    Look what we have going on all across America due to “profit first” materializing into rank and dangerous corruption impacting the lives of everyone in the USA.

    Questions must be asked and answered with verifiable responses and evidence . . . hard questions as to why was the coronavirus pandemic purposefully permitted to spread into every state of the union by Trump and his cohorts?

    Was it for the intended impact of “suspending” our national elections by declaring a national emergency and dictatorial control over our country?

    Or is the plan to stir up as much chaos, turmoil and divisive divisions among people to provide Trump cover for stealing our 2020 national elections on Nov. 3rd, 2020 by rigging the election results . . . so politicians, specifically Trump, can remain in public office instead of facing numerous state and federal criminal charges and likely convictions, given the evidence, once Trump is removed from the White House?

    The immediate future . . . the remainder of this year, 2020, is a critical junction for the people of the USA to approach wisely, eyes open, thinking with heart, head and soul . . . and voting your convictions if an election is actually held this year.

    If elections are not properly held, then we may once again need to make our individual presence, voice and vote known, by collectively gathering as the people who actually “own” this country out in the streets, highways and byways . . . to join the people’s peaceful progressive “political revolution” to save our world from fossil fuel pollution and destruction of our natural resources as well as our nation from corrupt politicians and their self-serving policies . . . that, now, today, is causing the unnecessary deaths of hundreds, maybe thousands of American citizens due to the spread of the coronavirus and the destruction of our cultural, social and economic framework leaving only a huge mess for us to clean up behind the acts of unmindful criminals in government.

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