FACT CHECK: Gianforte’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Record on Public Lands

MONTANA—New Jersey multimillionaire Greg Gianforte is still struggling to explain the fact that in 2009 he sued Montanans to eliminate a public stream access easement near his mansion in Bozeman. The latest example is a TV advertisement that features one of his wealthy donors as a fisherman: Brad Huempfner. 

According to easily accessible donation records, Brad and his wife have donated $18,110 to Gianforte and Montana Republicans—evidently that’s the price you have to pay to fish near Gianforte’s mansion off Manley road. Much more than a $29 seasonal fishing license most Montanans pay to fish anywhere else in Montana.

New Jersey multimillionaire Greg Gianforte lied to the police, lied about his support for a sales tax, and lied about his lawsuit to block public lands. He’s spending millions of dollars on TV lying about Mike’s long career in public service and now he is lying about his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad record on public lands.” said Cooney Communications Director Ronja Abel.

Here are the facts.

FACT: Greg Gianforte sued the state of Montana to block access to a stream nearby one of his several properties. 

FACT: Greg Gianforte supports transferring management of federal land and opposes buying any new land for state parks or fishing access sites.

FACT: In Congress, Greg Gianforte wrote legislation to strip protections from nearly 700,000 acres of public lands — without public input — a move described by conservation advocates as potentially “the single biggest rollback of protected public lands in Montana history.”

FACT: Greg Gianforte said he was “pleased” by nominations like that of William Perry Pendley to lead the BLM and said he’s “optimistic about working with Mr. Pendley to promote Montana’s interests.”

FACT: Greg Gianforte refused to cosponsor the Great American Outdoors Act, despite the bill garnering more than 30 Republican cosponsors.

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