REPORT: State GOP spent big money to get THIS party on the ballot

MARCH 25, 2020

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The Montana GOP spent $100,000 to get the Green Party qualified to appear on the ballot, the Missoulian reported Wednesday.

Montana’s secretary of state qualified the Green Party for the ballot at the beginning of the month, even though the party and the only political action committee registered to qualify a minor party denied obtaining enough signatures.

The article goes on to state the following:

It had previously been unknown who funded the effort to get the Green Party on the ballot, even though a 2019 law said anyone who gives more than $500 had to register with the commissioner within five days of the donation, the Missoulian reported.

From the Missoulian:

Green Party candidates can be seen as drawing votes away from Democrats, while Libertarian candidates, who are already qualified for the ballot, can draw votes from Republicans. Minor parties are running in major statewide and federal races here this year, and both parties have played a role in big elections before. In 2018 the Greens were briefly qualified for the ballot, in a paid effort whose funder still remains unclear, before Democrats sued and succeeded in removing the party by calling into question enough of the signatures used to qualify. And in the 2012 U.S. Senate race, featuring U.S. Sen. Tester and former U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, a Libertarian candidate benefited from $500,000 worth of advertising from a group that also supported Tester.

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