Mike Cooney (D) lost his bid for Montana Governor against his Republican challenger, Greg Gianforte, on November 3. But that hasn’t stopped Lt. Governor Cooney from winning another not-so-coveted contect. He’s placed #1 in campaign ethics violations according to a prominent national watchdog organization.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust’s (FACT), which filed two complaints against Cooney during his race, claimed that he is among the more corrupt politicians that ran for office in 2020. And indeed, Cooney was found guilty of those two infractions by the Montana Commissioner for Political Practices.
According to Fox News, “Cooney and the Democratic Governor’s Association (DGA) coordinated to release a campaign video two days before the DGA released a supporting website for the video; the subject matter of the video and website were identical, and they used the same slogan, but the DGA bought the domain name for the website before Cooney released the ad video, according to FACT.”
Cooney’s multiple infractions rose the Lt. Governor to the top of FACT’s bad actor list, because according to the watchdog organization, most corrupt politicians stop violating the rules when they are found guilty. Cooney, on the other hand, had multiple infractions and continued to violate Montana campaign law with impugnity.
So far, the state’s legacy press has refused to cover Cooney’s dubious distinction.