Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale missed what amounts to 12 weeks of work in 2017 and the first five months of this year, according to his official calendars, raising questions about his performance in his current job as he seeks a promotion to the U.S. Senate.
Matt Rosendale has called to eliminate the federal Department of Education, which last year provided nearly $500 million for Montana’s students — from kindergarten to college — and helps fund thousands of teaching positions.
Rep. Greg Gianforte said he might attend a conference organized by anti-government extremists -- including a leader of the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon in 2016.
Montana Senate candidate Matt Rosendale made roughly $500,000 from the sale of his Maryland home he claimed on his federal taxes was sold at a loss, according to records reviewed by the American Ledger.
As Matt Rosendale rose to prominence in Montana politics, he repeatedly leaned on Facebook groups trafficking in extremist and racist rhetoric and campaigned alongside white supremacist and anti-gay leaders to bolster his career. During Rosendale’s rise from an obscure state legislator to state auditor and now the GOP nominee for Senate, he was an administrator of a 95,000-member Facebook group where conservatives share racist and incendiary posts.