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HD35 Representative Joel Krautter Files Complaint Against PAC


April 22, 2020

On April 7, Montana House District 35 Representative Joel Krautter filed a complaint with the Montana Commission of Political Practices regarding a PAC named "Doctors for a Healthy Montana" (DFHMT) The complaint asserts that the PAC is deceptively named. The full complaint can be read here.

DFHMT have sued the Montana Attorney General and Commissioner of Political Practices regarding the legality of the rule used in the complaint (see here and here).

Krautter released the following statement:

"People should wonder why the newly formed group "Doctors for a Healthy Montana" are trying so hard to conceal from the public the majority of the group's contributors are politicians, not doctors. If they're willing to mislead the public about their group's name, they're willing to mislead the public about my pro-life voting record.

I have a 100% pro-life voting rating from the Montana Family Foundation and my vote for Medicaid reform changed nothing on abortion coverage or access. Catholic hospitals supported medicaid reform and clearly stated they would not have done so if it supported abortion. People who claim otherwise are either lying or misinformed.

It's also important to note Montana's leading Republican candidates for Governor, both of whom are pro-life, Tim Fox and Greg Gianforte have positions that reflect my own, that the Medicaid program needs to be maintained.

This group is distracting voters from talking about the issues people are concerned about right now, like how we can get our economy open again, supporting our businesses, agriculture and energy. I've been a champion for our businesses, natural resources and agriculture in Helena and am ready to get back to work."

Krautter's opponent, Brandon Ler, declined to comment.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.


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