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#MTSEN: Rosendale, Pence, Zinke share anti-public lands agenda

Jul 25, 2018

Alyssa Roberts, 202-454-4573,

Maybe he was aiming for a solid dozen? Already under at least 11 government investigations into alleged ethics failings, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke likely triggered one more when he announced on his official Twitter account that he’d join Vice President Mike Pence for what appears to be an event this morning with the campaign of Senate candidate Matt Rosendale in Billings, Montana.

Both tweets link to a registration page for an event sponsored by America First Policies, the group set up by members of Trump’s campaign team.

Potential Hatch Act violation aside, Zinke’s apparent appearance certainly won’t help Rosendale explain away his hostility toward public lands — which are already defining the race.

Rosendale has a long history of opposing federal protections for public lands:

Like Rosendale, Zinke tossed Montana values aside long ago when he launched the largest attack on protected public lands in our nation’s history, proposed drastic budget cuts to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and made it clear that he believes Interior’s mission favors drilling and mining over safeguarding our public lands for the next generation.

“Rosendale’s push to take over Montana’s public lands fits right in with the Trump administration’s attempts to sell out our parks and national monuments to drilling and mining companies,” said Clay Schroers, LCV Victory Fund National Campaigns Director. “I’m sure Zinke and Rosendale have a lot to catch up on — but Montanans will make sure their schemes to develop our public lands never become reality.”

Once that’s all addressed, perhaps the two can compare strategies for skirting campaign donation limits or fundraising on the government’s dime.



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