As you know, the Montana Democratic Party has taken the Montana Green Party to court.
The reason is simple – the Dems want the Greens off the ballot so the Greens won’t siphon-off votes from Dem candidates.
Will the Dem effort succeed?
It’s hard to say, but one thing that could decide it is the judge in the case.
In this case, that’d be Kathy Seeley.
I decided to look into her campaign finance reports from 2008 and 2014, and I will admit, I did so with a bit of a bias.
You see, I figure the Dems are going to get this case in front of a judge that’s friendly to their cause.
Montana history is rife with such shenanigans.
When I skimmed through those campaign finance reports – there are nine in all – these are some names that stood out to me:
- Galen Hollenbaugh
- Joe Mazurek
- Tim Meloy
- Ed Sheehy
- Stacey Anderson
- Betty Babcock
- Joy McGrath
- Karen Townsend
Lots of Democratic names there.
What’s most troubling in my mind are the donations from Tim Meloy, who runs the Meloy Law Firm.
These donations happened multiple times during Seeley’s campaigns.
Peter Meloy was the one that filed the 34-page complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief.
I assume the two are related. The Meloy Law Firm doesn’t have a website where I can find basic info about these folks.
So we have Melow Law Firm employees giving money to a judge that they then bring their cases to.
We have a Democratic Party using a law firm that engages in such practices so they can win their case.
It’s very Montana, and in my mind, it’s very wrong.