As Montanans, we are fortunate to have Billings attorney and consumer protection advocate John Heenan vying for our only U.S. House seat.

The campaigns for our elected officials are easy targets for wealthy, out-of-state, dark-money interests. In 2015, Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jon Motl named Heenan as the state’s special attorney to prosecute Bozeman attorney and politician Art Wittich.

Wittich was later found to have “illegally coordinated with out of state non-profit third-party political groups during his 2010 Montana Senate primary election campaign.” Motl said he chose Heenan to prosecute because he was “experienced and agreed to work for free.” Hindsight now shows us that Motl’s decision to have Heenan prosecute this case ultimately paid off. That conviction sent a crystal clear message that all Montana politicians need to comply with our campaign finance laws. If we are to maintain a democracy that’s by the people and for the people we can’t have out-of-state, moneyed interests coming into Montana, choosing our candidates and sponsoring them with dark money. It creates an unfair advantage over other candidates.

Heenan has shown us time and time again during his career that he puts people over corporations and is more than willing to take on powerful special interest groups who want to dictate policy. These powerful special groups include everything from health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, AT&T and payday lenders to Northwestern Energy.

While Election Day is still a few months out, Montana’s open primary election is June 5. This will be your first chance to vote for John Heenan. Let’s ensure it won’t be the last. Vote progressive on June 5, 2018. Vote John Heenan.

Andy Boyd

Bozeman

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