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Whitney Williams’ Statement on LG Cooney’s Use of State Office for Campaign Call

MAY 19, 2020 — RELEASE:

“When illegal actions like this are ignored or simply slid under the rug, it chips away at public trust in government — and it gives Cooney a green light to do it again and again.”

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Democratic candidate for Governor Whitney Williams today issued the following statement in response to Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney’s admission that he used his public office for campaign activities — a violation of state law.  

“Steve Bullock has led the nation in campaign finance reform and clean elections. But down the hall, his Lieutenant Governor, Mike Cooney, is dishonoring Bullock’s record. Cooney broke state law by conducting a campaign out of his public office. He can call it an “isolated incident,” but it’s not the first time Cooney has been caught bending the rules to benefit himself.  He did the same thing 20 years ago — the last time he ran for Governor and lost.  

“When illegal actions like this are ignored or simply slid under the rug, it chips away at public trust in government — and it gives Cooney a green light to do it again and again.  After almost 40 years in government, Mike Cooney should know right from wrong. The problem is: He’s been a career politician for far too long.  That’s why Democrats across Montana are ready for a new generation of leadership in Helena.”

Background

May 2020: Lt. Gov. Cooney used Capitol office during campaign-related call

“Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, who’s running for governor, used his Capitol office last month to participate in a campaign conference call, MTN News has learned – a possible violation of state law.”

Flashback to May 2002: Mike Cooney accused of illegal campaigning

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