Schweitzer: Five Minutes on FBN

The Fox Business Network (FBN) went after former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer this week. Yes, the Fox Business Network.

The title of their five-minute piece about Schweitzer was “Liberal Non-Profit Skirts IRS Rule” and David Asman reported that Schweitzer’s non-profit was “skirting IRS rules on political activity.” You can watch it HERE. Asman seems really excited about his report. The words “IRS Scandal” can be seen throughout the segment.

The former governor should probably feel a little slighted that he was only mentioned on FBN because their ratings are not that good. I don’t watch FBN, so I found out about the story when “Voices of Montana” host Aaron Flint wrote about it on his award-winning blog, “The Flint Report.” You can read his take on the story HERE.

The Montana Republican Party pounced on it (that’s their job) with Tweets like, “Brian Schweitzer caught in dark money expose!” There’s a post on the blog, “The Lowdown,” which is run by Great Falls Tribune reporter John Adams. You can read his story HERE.

I don’t think anyone else cares, yet.  

I did not get too excited after watching FBN’s report. In fact it made me yawn a little. But, the most interesting thing (to me) that came from this was that Adams reported, “…the treasurer of the Council for Sustainable America is, or was, Dave Gallik. Gallik is the man Schweitzer appointed in 2011 to be the commissioner of political practices, Montana’s top political campaign and ethics enforcer.”

The Montana Republican Party said the following in a press release:

Today that story takes a surprising new twist: Schweitzer’s dark money organization was managed by Dave Gallik. Gallik, Montanans will recall, is a former Commissioner of Political Practices for the state. That is, he was the official in charge of fairly and even-handedly enforcing Montana’s campaign ethics laws. At the time he was in office, Gallik managed the “Council for a Sustainable America,” named in the Fox News story as one of two organizations raising, spending, and holding dark money for Schweitzer. That would put him directly involved in a business he was supposed to be regulating.

If “At the time he was in office” is correct as the GOP contends, then Helena we have a problem – and it smells.


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