MONTANA – In a statement released today, MAYDAY.US, a grassroots supported, cross-partisan movement fighting to end big money politics said: Today, after the outcome of the special election in Montana for the open seat in the US House of Representatives we’re seeing exactly what we get when one candidate is allowed to buy a seat that’s supposed to belong to the people of the state.
In the words of MAYDAY Montana member Evan Barrett of Butte:
“Rob Quist was outspent at least 3-1 on the airwaves, mostly from out-of-state, national-level organizations who invested millions of dollars in negative messaging. Quist’s huge advantage in individual contributors averaging about $25 each was overrun by the big money boys who ‘invest’ millions at a time in their candidates of choice, this time Greg Gianforte, expecting and likely getting a return for that investment. We need to change the system before it destroys the people’s democracy.”
That sentiment was echoed by MAYDAY Montana member Chris Henry of Missoula:
“All this money spent, and this is the representative we get? If you needed more evidence that money does nothing but abet corruption, here you go.”
Out-of-control Gianforte who assaulted a journalist just doing his job the night before the election is exactly the kind of candidate you can expect in office when big money buys a congressional seat.
“That’s why MAYDAY won’t stop fighting for fundamental reform to change the system so every Montanan, and every American, has a voice in our democracy,” Chris Tallent of MAYDAY.US said.
MAYDAY.US is a grassroots supported, cross-partisan movement fighting to end big money politics and fix our broken political system.