HELENA — Zachary Lahn is the new state director of the Montana chapter of Americans for Prosperity,
a conservative political advocacy group.
He takes office as the state chapter has expanded and opened three new field offices in Billings, Bozeman and Missoula and is hiring 12 part-time field staff members.
Lahn was state director for U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and managed his 2012 campaign. He previously worked on the staff of Rep. Cory Gardiner, R-Colo., and was a manager on his first campaign.
“Zach Lahn has dedicated his career to working on the causes we believe in,” said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity. “He’s the right person to take our Montana chapter to the next level, building a durable team that can spread the word about economic freedom to every corner of the state.”
Previous state director Joe Balyeat, a former Republican state senator from Bozeman, will remain with the group as policy director.
“By combining a top-notch ground organization with Joe’s policy expertise, I’m confident AFP will be in a position to turn Montana into a national beacon for economic freedom,” Lahn said, adding: “Montana families are still weighed down by overzealous regulations, too much federal spending and the need to allow for greater choice in education.”
Henry Kriegel will remain as deputy state director.
Lahn said more than 10,000 Montanans have signed up to be grass-roots activists for Americans for Prosperity.
The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, nonprofit Washington, D.C., group, said Americans for Prosperity “is a conservative 501(c)4 organization that spends money in support of Republicans and against Democrats.”
The center said Americans for Prosperity, “like its forerunner organization Citizens for a Sound Economy, was founded with the financial support of libertarian billionaire businessmen David and Charles Koch.”