Trump Jr’s 2nd Visit Marks Signs of Trouble for Gianforte

New Jersey multimillionaire and failed gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte must be in trouble. In a desperate attempt to get Montanans to like him after an embarrassing defeat last November, Gianforte must have begged Trump Jr. to come back to Montana.

Reasons why Montanans don’t like Greg Gianforte (list not complete):

  • He sued Montana to eliminate a public stream access easement near his mansion in Bozeman.
  • He believes politicians like him should make women’s health care decisions.
  • He lobbied for a state wide sales tax.
  • He refuses to divest his shady investments in Russian companies.
  • He supports groups that want to sell off our public lands to the highest bidder.
  • He outsourced jobs to Armenia and India.
  • He said he only located his business in Montana was because he could pay his employees less.
The list goes on.

FACT CHECK: Gianforte Supports Tax Breaks for Corporations That Outsource Jobs

New Jersey multi-millionaire Greg Gianforte supports tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas.

In 2016, as a gubernatorial candidate, Gianforte proposed a tax plan that primarily benefited the wealthy and corporations that ship jobs to foreign countries.

Gianforte also lobbied to replace the income tax and capital gains tax with a statewide sales tax that would benefit the wealthy over Montana’s working families — another example of Gianforte working on behalf of multi-millionaires like himself over everyday Montanans.

Gianforte Wants to Impose Sales Tax on Montana Families

New Jersey multimillionaire Greg Gianforte wants Montanans to pay a sales tax that they don’t want.

“Greg Gianforte will never understand that Montanans don’t want a sales tax, because he’s not from here and he has no interest in looking out for our state,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “We can’t afford to send a New Jersey mult-millionaire who wants to raise Montanans’ taxes to represent us in Congress.”

The Montana Democratic Party obtained this public recording of Gianforte testifying during a meeting of former Governor Judy Martz’s Income Tax Advisory Council.

“What I would consider an ideal solution, from a high-tech perspective… would be to replace the current income capital gains rate with a sales tax,” Gianforte told the Council. “I know that there are a few political issues and Constitutional issues, but I didn’t think I’d be fair to come in here and not say that I believe that is the ideal solution—to move to a consumptive tax.”

New Series: Why Gianforte does not represent Montana values

Part 2: Greg Gianforte lobbied for a statewide sales tax

This week as the U.S. Senate is expected to confirm Congressman Ryan Zinke as the new U.S. Secretary of the Interior, the Montana Democratic Party will highlight why failed candidate for governor, New Jersey multi-millionaire Greg Gianforte, does not represent Montana values. Each day this week the Montana Democratic Party will show why Montanans rejected Gianforte in 2016 and why they will reject him again as a U.S. House candidate.

A few years after moving to Montana, Greg Gianforte went up to the Helena Capitol and lobbied for a statewide sales tax at former Governor Judy Martz’s Income Tax Advisory Council, calling it an “ideal solution for Montana.”

“What I consider an ideal solution, from a high-tech perspective… would be to replace the current income capital gains rate with a sales tax,” Gianforte told the Council. “And I know that there are a few political issues and Constitutional issues, but I didn’t think I’d be fair in coming here and not say that I believe that is the ideal solution– to move to a consumptive tax.” 

In that same meeting, Gianforte later went on to say that his move to Montana from New Jersey was an “oversight” and that “had we done our due diligence, Montana would not have been our state.” 

Montana voters will not soon forget New Jersey Gianforte pushing for an unpopular statewide sales tax in Montana.