July 2018 Statewide Call Minutes

September 13, 2018

Montanans Move to Amend
July Statewide Call Minutes! 

Aug 10/11:volunteers needed at Dark Money documentary
in Helena and Missoula *** (see below)

​Thanks to everyone who attended!

We’re working on getting people from all parts of the state, so if you want to join us or know people in areas that haven’t taken part yet, please invite them to join the call:  4th Tuesdays at 6:30pm!
We’re already getting new ideas and more energy!

Superior:  Diane Magone
Helena:  Kathryn QannaYahu-Helena
Great Falls- Sharon Patton Griffin
Missoula:  Mary Borchard

How to take part: next call is Tuesday August 28 at 6:30pm: 4th Tuesday of every month!!!
Call 712-451-1178
Then:  486899#


Statewide:  support for new groups and their activities

1.  Access to Move to Amend database to reach petition signers in your area:

Supporters of Montanans Move to Amend who are well established can get approval to have access to the database (called the HIVE)..  
Recently, the national was able to give permission to Diane in Superior and to Jacquie in Hamilton.  
There is a form to sign that says that the contact info will only be used for Move to Amend purposes.

***   2.  August 10+11: Dark Money documentary showings in Helena, Bozeman, Billings, and Missoula:  volunteers needed in Helena and Missoula to help gather petition signatures.

Helena:  Call Kathryn to volunteer: 406-579-7748 (text or call).  
Missoula:  Call Joe:  406-493-9116 (text or call) or email (  joeloos7245 [at] gmail.com   ) 
If your area needs volunteers: call or text Sue and she’ll send out an email alert if it reaches her by her vacation August 5. 406-240-0610

3.  Montana fairs:  gathering petition signatures

Montana Fairs can be a good time to gather signatures.  Since Move to Amend is non-partisan, try to involve all political parties.  l 


2 articles

IRS removed rule requiring disclosure of donors


Gov Bullock’s lawsuit against the IRS

The rule change will make it harder to enforce Montana’s Disclose Act.  Governor Bullock sued shortly after and hopes other governors will also sue.

Please:  Contact the MT Senators and Representative and tell them to tell the IRS to reverse this decision!  (sees contact info below).


“Dark Money Groups Get a Little Darker"


NY Times article:  “Montana Governor Sues IRS, warning of “Foreign Money in Elections."

Montana’s Disclose Act would be harder to enforce. 


Lobbying and Educating candidates, lawmakers, and voters

1.  Great Falls:  

Sharon suggested attending both parties Central committees to talk about the We the People amendment and Move to Amend.  

2.  Superior

Diane is a candidate for the legislature and said that the Democrats platform now specifically calls for the amendment that says corporations are not people and money is not speech.  

3.  In the future,

We may discuss whether this is a good time to explore working with legislators on introducing a resolution in the Montana legislature that calls for Congress to approve the “We the People “ amendment that says that corporations are not people and money is not speech.  


Contacting Montana’s US Senators and Representative 

Voices coming from all over Montana will strengthen the movement to fight both big money and policies that benefit the few.    
Please keep contacting your candidates and your Congresspeople.
• Senator Tester:  montana offices:    https://www.tester.senate.gov/?p=offices
• Senator Daines:  montana offices:  https://www.daines.senate.gov
• Representative Gianforte:  Billings, Great Falls, and Billings offices:  https://gianforte.house.gov


Montanans Move to Amend
montana [at] movetoamend.org
Sue:  406-240-0610
Montanans Move to Amend