From The Montana Democrats:
While multimillionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg continues to hide from the public (see ‘Related Articles’ below), Jon Tester hosted his 10th public small business workshop, following months of meetings with Montanans across the state.
As for Congressman Rehberg? He cancelled his latest scheduled appearance–at a Republican Party fundraiser he was supposed to headline Sunday in Havre. And Congressman Rehberg has held virtually no public meetings with Montanans since November.
“After 35 years in politics, Congressman Rehberg no longer thinks he’s accountable to Montana,” said Ted Dick, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Congressman Rehberg gave himself five pay raises in Congress, but he votes to cut funding for our public schools, cut Pell grants, and cut health care for our veterans. His 35-year career in politics is marked by irresponsible decisions like tax breaks for fellow millionaires and corporations that ship jobs overseas—at the expense of Montana families, education, Medicare and Social Security.”
Congressman Rehberg has avoided accountability for the last year, hiding the donations he takes from lobbyists, refusing to meet with Montanans, and giving his full endorsement to the Citizens United ruling that allows big corporations to spend unlimited money on dishonest political attack ads. Here’s more:
Hiding Campaign Cash from Lobbyists: An investigation by the Associated Press found Congressman Rehberg refused to disclose the identities of 189 lobbyists on his financial disclosure reports. Rehberg hid more than $20,000 he took from Washington lobbyists.
Dodging Public Meetings with Constituents: Congressman Rehberg went 6 months without holding a public townhall meeting, and when he finally scheduled one, he watched a Sheriff removed someone from the meeting.
Siding with Anonymous Corporate Cash in Elections: Following his endorsement by Citizens United, Congressman Rehberg gave his full endorsement to the secretive organization’s Supreme Court Ruling, which allows big corporations to spend unlimited to buy elections.
- “Where Are You?” (dgsma.wordpress.com)
I don’t know how this guy keeps on getting back in?! He was a dinosaur when I was a babe, now I’m an old woman wondering who votes for this ass? Nice to read another Montanan is paying attention and using their head whilst Fox News still seems to dominate Montana homes, we need more people like you putting sound to the noise. Thank you.
I think there is a point at which you are becoming less than truthful in some of your arguments. Let’s take the “An investigation by the Associated Press found Congressman Rehberg refused to disclose the identities of 189 lobbyists on his financial disclosure reports. Rehberg hid more than $20,000 he took from Washington lobbyists.”
AP found that 189 lobbyists had failed to disclose their professions when donating to the Rehberg campaign. Even the AP wouldn’t go any farther than “Rehberg underreports lobbyist donations.” Your allegation is that because the Rehberg campaign doesn’t go through every single person who fails to appropriately fill out their donation page and meticulously research their background really in no way equals what you’re accusing him of. Not going through this amount of research into everyone in the entire country who gives him money is not the equivalent of “hiding”, “refusing to disclose” or any other negative or malicious intention you are attributing to him. This is all of your own making, and it’s a disingenuous telling of the real facts. Even in that same article Tester had 3 times as much lobbyist cash taken in, more than 10% of those recipients did the exact same thing of not reporting their profession, yet you’re not on here railing against Tester accusing him of hiding donations or refusing to disclose figures concerning his donors.
What is “secretive” about Citizens United? The ruling was about free speech and whether or not political donations counted as such. Just because you disagree with the ruling doesn’t make it secretive or shady.
Last, when all you do is quote Democratic party officials, it really doesn’t speak to any kind of objective analysis or any new information that people can find anywhere else. If anything, it just suggests you are on all the Democratic party mailing lists and use them for inspiration as a mouth-piece for the party more than an objective or fair observer. If people just want to know what the mouthpiece for Tester is going to say (what do you think he’s going to say? he pays his mortgage by attacking Rehberg) they can go to the Dems official websites pretty easily. But you are doing it, presumably for free, and it only undermines your reputation, I think, to just be parroting party points and inserting words like “refusing to disclose” or “shady” into the analysis without facts to back it up.
I know you’re more intelligent and fair than most of this, Greg. One would hope your writing would reflect more than repetition of party press releases and vague biased innuendo against people with whom you disagree. But then, again, you are a liberal. 🙂
This is a press release from the Montana Democrats, presented without analysis.
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