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Fact or Fiction? Congressman Zinke Votes To Keep Donors Secret

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Last week, Washington, D.C. Congressman Ryan Zinke voted for a plan that could let special interests anonymously donate unlimited amounts of cash into our elections.

But Congressman Zinke has said he wants to know who's donating to his campaign.

So, why is the Congressman telling reporters one thing, but taking the opposite vote in the House?

FICTION: Zinke told the Billings Gazette that "he believes in transparency, saying, "I just want to know, by name, who's giving money.'"

FACT: Congressman Zinke voted for H.R. 5053 which allows dark money groups to remain anonymous, benefitting special interests who want to hide their giving and influence our elections.

FICTION: Zinke told the Billings Gazette that Citizen's United, the Supreme Court decision overturning corporate campaign contribution limits would not affect his campaign.

FACT: Congressman Zinke followed comedian Stephen Colbert's lead and launched his very own super PAC, solicited secret donations, quit the super PAC and then used that super PAC money to fund his own campaign.

According to USA Today, "groups that don't have to reveal their donors' names spent more than $300 million in federal elections in 2012, up from about $5.2 million in 2006, according to a tally by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political spending."

Bottom line: special interests should not get to speak louder than everyday Montanans. Congressman Zinke should know that Montanans won't stand for a return to the days of Copper Kings, when the privileged few took over our elections.

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