Ferguson statement on ethics violations by Commissioner David Gallik

American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Monday morning in response to The Great Falls Tribune report on Montana Office of Political Practices personnel exposing unethical behavior by Commissioner David Gallik:

“As citizen-powered activists committed to holding public officials accountable, we are disturbed by the allegations of Office of Political Practices (OPP) personnel that Commissioner David Gallik has been using the office for personal benefit.

“We’ve long been concerned about the practices of OPP commissioners and other Montana officials, some of which are described in our lawsuits.

“ATP has been required to sue OPP over its efforts to limit and punish ATP for political speech protected by the First Amendment.  This latest information is just one more sign of an out-of-control agency that needs to be made accountable to the public.

“As such, we and our many grassroots supporters across Montana encourage Commissioner Gallik, Attorney General Bullock and Governor Schweitzer to cooperate with a full, fair and impartial investigation of these documented allegations of wrongdoing made by nonpartisan public servants, no matter how serious the criminal implications.”

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