Montana Republicans Bankrolled Green Party Ballot Access
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Democrats called for Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton to remove the Green Party from the ballot
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS //
HELENA – The Montana Republican Party bankrolled the signature-gathering effort to get the Montana Green Party certified for the 2020 election ballot, an official for a political committee said Tuesday.
Democrats — who last week asked the state commissioner of political practices to find out who paid for the signature gathering effort — immediately accused the GOP of election fraud and of propping up a leftist political party as a means to siphon votes from Democratic candidates this fall.
Montanans for Conservation’s April 15 campaign finance report will show it received a $100,000 in-kind donation from the Montana Republican Party, committee treasurer Katie Wenetta said in an email to Commissioner Jeff Mangan. She was responding to Mangan after he asked if Montanans for Conservation — the committee working to qualify the party — contracted with Advanced Micro Targeting to gather signatures.
The GOP paid Advanced Micro Targeting, Wenetta said.
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March 26, 2020 at 7:08 PM #292936djean111Participant
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The Democratic Party whinging about election fraud is pretty hilarious.
March 26, 2020 at 10:22 PM #293009Jim LaneParticipant
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Based on the linked article, it seems that Montana law allows the GOP to help the Greens, but it imposes disclosure requirements that the Republicans may have violated.
Democrats have occasionally helped the Libertarian Party get ballot access. That’s less common, though. One reason is that the Libertarians have much more popular support than the Greens (in 2016, Johnson got more than three times as many votes as Stein) and therefore are less likely to need the help.
Another reason is that, while the Greens fit fairly well onto the standard left-right spectrum, so that their presence on the ballot works to the disadvantage of the Democratic candidate, the Libertarians are harder to characterize. They’re nut-job right on fiscal issues, of course. As against that, they’re supportive of reproductive rights, and they’re to the left of many Democrats on foreign policy (opposing the Iraq War, for example). As a result, a Libertarian candidate will draw votes from at least some people who would otherwise vote Democratic.
March 26, 2020 at 11:44 PM #293043rampartParticipant
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this year, when we really need the greens, it will be very difficult for them to find petition signers.
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