by Sandy Welch, 2012 Republican Candidate for Montana Office of Public Instruction
On November 17, I explained why the claimed “censure” of Senator Bruce Tutvedt by the Flathead County Republican Central Committee (FCRCC) is an unsupported, inflammatory personal attack on Senator Bruce Tutvedt. However, on November 19, Jim White took the side of the Republican radicals who now dominate the FCRCC. Here is my reply to White.
The fact is Senator Bruce Tutvedt was active in fundraising for a political action committee. This is perfectly legal, is not bribery, is not lobbying, and is not compensation.
Examine the reports
Let’s take a look at actions that are acceptable to and encouraged by the Flathead County Republican Central Committee.
Senator Verdell Jackson raises money for the ReHe PAC. He is vocal in his opposition to the water compact and spends time with candidates to “educate” them and get them to pledge their opposition to the compact and spends PAC money promoting them. Of the $54,606 dollars raised by the ReHe PAC, $20,000 came from Excellence in Voting and $20,000 came from the Flathead County Republican Central Committee. Both are political committees.
Excellence in Voting is a PAC whose chairman and only contributor is Ray Thompson, who made three contributions (2008 and 2010) totaling $170,000 and is a staunch opponent of the water compact. Excellence in Voting and Ray Thompson individually make contributions during primary races. [Read more…]