Go Green Montana is not Green but is spending money and influencing elections

The Montana GOP front group Go Green Montana is buying social media to the tune of $27,090, so far, to promote U.S. Senate candidate Wendie Fredrickson and other supposed Green Party candidates.

Go Green Montana has a mail box at the UPS store on the corner of Broadway and Orange Streets in Missoula. It’s listed as a SuperPAC with the FEC and the treasurer is William Murray with the same address as the P.O. Box. The financial institution handling the money, however, is the Bank of America at 600 Washington St. in Alexandria, Virginia.

To date, there is no record of who’s funding the campaign and because Go Green Montana is a dark money group, we may never know who’s really behind it.

What we do know is that the Montana Republican Party funded the petition drive to get the Green Party on the 2020 ballot.

And now, the marketing group Arena, out of Salt Lake City, is purchasing social media ads, particularly on Facebook. (Here’s a link to Go Green Montana’s own Facebook page. Read the comments that haven’t been scrubbed for a nightmarish peek into some of the electorate’s beliefs.)

Arena is an agency that produces direct mail and digital media campaigns for conservative candidates and causes. One of its clients is Sen. Steve Daines, who’s up for re-election in 2020.

Arena Ad for Daines

If I was a faster writer, this post would have been published before Mike Dennison’s story. Alas, he did a fine job covering much of the same material you see here. He has some additional information, too.

The takeaway from this post and Dennison’s piece should be obvious: Green Party candidates in this election are anything but Green. There is one exception and that’s Dennis Daneke, who is running for the U.S. Senate in the primary election against Wendie Fredrickson. Fredrickson has some history with Gov. Steve Bullock’s administration and may have an ax to grind. She’s also the candidate being promoted on various social media sites by Go Green Montana.

Daneke, on the other hand, has real environmental credentials. He taught sustainability classes at Missoula College until his recent retirement. He says he’ll withdraw from the race if he prevails in the June 2 primary contest.

But some of the other candidates who filed as Greens are, for example, John Gibney for the U.S House and Gary Marbut for the state house in District 47. These two are about as Green as a coal company CEO.

The Missoulian posed three questions to Marbut during its pre-election coverage of regional races. One was on funding higher education, one on affordable housing and one on public lands. Here’s how Marbut answered the first two: “This sounds like trolling to raise taxes. I do not support increased taxation.” On public lands, he says he’d shift the management burden from the federal level to the state.

That’s some real Go Green Montana policy going on there.

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Pete Talbot

'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.

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  • Marbury is about as far away from green as the next galaxy and is an extremely right gun crazed jerk

  • Kinda sucks, huh? Then again, maybe this some pissed off Bernie supporters or ANTIFA. LOL This your old trick when Tester’s dark buddies threw money at the independent candidate and got Testerless in office. Then again, maybe you’re just trying to get another green candidate kicked off the ballot like last time. It is not easy sorting out all the dirty tricks now days. Though it is has finally caught to Hillary.

    • Brilliant analogy and fine prose, mark2. You’re really influencing the readers with your completely irrelevant insight into this post. And obviously, you have no need for a copy editor. Keep making us proud.

  • Jonathan Cook does a good job explaining why old leftists like Pete Talbot are such failures, from a piece titled WHY THE LEFT’S CASE FOR LESSER EVIL SOUNDS HOLLOW. I’ll excerpt this part:

    Walmart or Costco?

    Very much related to this is the concern that decades of voting for evil Democratic candidates mean the progressive left has not just failed to hold the line politically, election by election, but has actively lost ground, especially relative to the biggest problem facing humanity – the imminent end of most life on the planet. The clock is ticking fast, and it is evident that neither candidate is actually going to do anything substantive to save us from ecological catastrophe. The system is entirely owned and controlled by a plutocratic class, addicted to the expansion of its own wealth, even at the cost of our species’ survival.

    Lesser evilism focuses on the candidates’ relative merits and depravities. But younger voters increasingly see that as misdirection. The two evil candidates reflect the depravities of the same evil plutocratic system. On this view, the candidates’ marginal differences are nothing more than exercises in marketing. Debating their merits in relation to the fundamental, existential questions facing us at the moment makes as much sense to younger voters as arguing whether Walmart or Costco offer a more ethical model of consumption.

    Meanwhile, the two candidates on offer in this election are probably the most deficient and incompetent in US history: one is a fire-breathing, posturing, delusional narcissist; the other the dried-out husk of a once smooth-talking, delusional narcissist. Each is proof that the evil system they are there to obscure has grown so sclerotic, so debased, that it can no longer produce credible salesmen.

    https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2020-05-23/why-the-lefts-case-for-lesser-evil-sounds-hollow/

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