MT GOP E-Brief 3/17/2011
Since April 8, 2009, Steve Bullock has deposited more than $70,000 into an account that violates Montana campaign finance laws, reads a complaint filed by the Montana Republican Party.
Steve Bullock’s campaign finance disclosure statements do not state what office he’s running for.
According to the administrative rules of Montana, Political committees are required to provide “The name, office sought, and party affiliation (if any) of each candidate whom a committee is supporting.”
The Montana Republican Party believes Bullock’s refusal to provide information about the office he seeks is a clear violation of the requirement for candidates to provide their “office sought.” In his complaint, party Chairman Will Deschamps called for the maximum possible fine to be imposed: $219,525
The full complaint, and supporting documents can be read here:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Montanan’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, received a letter from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) verifying his amendment saves taxpayer dollars while stopping the implementation of Obamacare. Rehberg’s Amendment would prevent any funds from being used to pay the salary for anyone who would implement provisions of Obamacare for the remainder of this fiscal year.
“When you cut through the budget tricks and accounting gimmicks, it turns out that common sense wins the day,” said Rehberg, the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. “When you strip away all of the spin, and warnings that defunding Obamacare this year would cost money, you’re left with the truth: $1.4 billion in savings this year. Only in Washington would someone actually buy the claim that it costs money not to spend money.”
According to the CBO, cost savings are achieved in the following ways:
- Delaying completion of regulatory processes for ongoing programs;
- Delaying the implementation of new programs;
- Preventing or delaying the obligation of funds for grant programs; and
- Reducing compliance with changes to the tax code.
The letter also notes that, as a result of the accounting tricks that Democrats used to suggest creating a new $2.6 trillion government entitlement program would also balance the budget, outlying years appear to increase the deficit.
“It’s true that once you get past the actual policy of this year, the CBO is forced to ignore reality and focus on the shimmering mirage of budget gimmicks in outlying years,” said Rehberg. “Of course, the only way those figures mean anything is if Congress doesn’t change any laws after October 31, 2011. We’ll get new numbers with every change, and just like a mirage fades away when you get closer, the smoke and mirrors of Obamacare budgeting won’t stand the scrutiny of reality.”
The CBO Letter can be viewed online at: http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=12093
At www.rotundareport.com there’s news of another Republican victory in the resistance to ObamaCare. Republicans in the Montana legislature have passed a bill through both chambers that will include Montana in the lawsuit against the unconstitutional individual mandate.
The Rotunda report carries the stories that the mainstream media won’t. When Republicans pass jobs bills, it’s always on the rotunda report, but rarely in the paper. When Republicans cut the budget, the Rotunda Report covers it.
If you want the real inside story of how Republicans in the Montana legislature are getting government out of the way so the free market can create jobs, visit www.rotundareport.com.
The Montana Republican Party’s statewide Lincoln day dinner was a tremendous success. Gubernatorial candidates had the chance to showcase their views, the party raised money to continue our work, and most of all, hundreds of Republicans from all around the state had a great time.