Gianforte Tries to Cover Up His Anti-Public Lands Record with Completely Baseless Smear Against Lifelong Montanan Mike Cooney

Cooney Campaign: “Greg Gianforte cannot hide his disastrous record on public lands”

Helena, Mont. – Greg Gianforte’s flailing campaign today launched another desperate attack ad featuring baseless smears on lifelong Montanan Mike Cooney’s record of results in yet another attempt to distract voters from his shameful anti-public lands record.

The ad, which makes wild and factually-inaccurate statements, doesn’t cite a single source to back up its false claims.

New Jersey millionaire Greg Gianforte’s out-of-state style of political mudslinging is embarrassing, but unsurprising,” said Cooney for Montana Communications Director Ronja Abel. “Between his support for anti-public land crusader William Pendley and suing to block Montanans from accessing the East Gallatin river, Greg Gianforte cannot hide from his disastrous record on public lands.

Gianforte’s disdain towards Montana’s public lands is well documented.

He infamously sued the state of Montana to block access to a stream nearby one of his several properties, and supports transferring management of federal land while opposing buying any new land for state parks or fishing access sites. 

In Congress, 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.”

He also supports William Perry Pendley’s leadership at the Bureau of Land Management, putting him on the side of an anti-public land zealot who has written an essay calling for the federal government to sell off all of its public lands and made a career working against public lands.

Cooney has been recognized throughout his career as a steadfast champion for public lands. His “Protect the Last Best Place” plan includes priorities for protecting Montana’s existing public lands and stream access laws, increasing access to landlocked public lands through easements, and bringing landowners and sportsmen and women together to strengthen Habitat Montana, the state’s premier access and conservation program. 


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