Well, this is getting interesting. Former Republican candidate for governor Rick Hill is calling for an investigation into the fundraising relationship between Ryan Zinke and his Astroturf Special Operations for America organization. From Mr. Hill’s Facebook page:
In a comment, Hill explains his criticism further, echoing my complaint about SOFA. He writes:
SOFA is purportedly an independent entity. The problem for me is that it was organized by the candidate and has been used to promote the candidate. And here it is being used to promote the candidate. It is the candidate’s association with SOFA that raises these concerns with me.
Ryan Zinke’s personal Super PAC offered this response:
What should we do Friends?? Normally, we stay above the fray as an organization that is supported by Veterans, Military Families and Patriots, 100% ethical and 100% legal. HOWEVER when someone takes a direct shot, we think we need to respond. Rick Hill from Montana is taking shots at SOFA and suggesting we should be investigated — C’MON RICK, if you had one ounce of ethics, you would be in the Governors Mansion right now. Maybe Rick is trying to TEST THE WATERS HIMSELF on a run for Congress (again), either way, he is in absolutely no position to bring up ethics on anyone.
Astonishingly, the site went on to quote Bob Brigham, who rightly criticized Hill for trying to accept $500,000 from the Montana GOP. They quote Brigham’s post on Left in the West, which attacked Hill’s ethics and the legality of his campaign fundraising in 2012.
It seems as if everyone other than Montana political press knows that Zinke’s relationship with Special Operations for America needs to be investigated and reported on. Today, Montana Street fighter developed my story about Zinke’s peculiar financial relationship with SOFA, but when a leader of the Montana Republican Party, a self-proclaimed “big tent Republican,” publicly calls for a federal investigation, isn’t it time for the media to pay some attention as well?