Howie Rich scoops Montana newspapers; website shows support for state initiatives

Has anyone been over to the website of Americans for Limited Government recently? There’s a little surprise:

Meet Howie Rich! The picture alone is worth a blog post. Previously the Manhattan real estate developer and hidden funder of Montana’s trio of terrible initiatives – 154, 97, and 98 – was about as camera-friendly as a mafia don. The only picture on the Internet of Rich available was a grainy snapshot from some Manhattan function on Hart Williams’ blog. He was a recluse, pulling the strings for putting fiscal social engineering intiatives on the ballot in Arizona, California, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, and Washington, buying signature gatherers through front organizations in an attempt to make the initiatives look like grassroots-driven legislation.

The ruse is over. This web page is an obvious acknowledgement that Rich is behind the intitiatives.

Check it out. All the information is there. Under “Our Campaigns” you see the proposed inititaives. Under “State Partners” (now there’s wishful thinking) is listed each state and the initiative Rich has put on the ballot and links to the local websites. There’s even a blog, which posts the outrageous anecdotal perfidies of government – completely unrelated to Rich’s initiatives – the usual pap used to whip up the usual gang of outraged anti-government nuts.

Heck! I’m bookmarking this site! Instead of trying to follow Hart Williams’ exhaustive work uncovering the connections of each state to Rich, I’ll just trundle over here! There’s no more need to link to every story that traces their state’s proposed legislation through the financial labrynth and paper trails to Howie Rich: it’s all right here!

I’ll hand it to Rich. He’s no dummy. It was obvious his secretive work was damaging the initiatives politically – thanks to the blogs! Maybe five years ago slipping under the radar would work, especially considering traditional media’s almost nonexistant coverage of the issue. But the blogs were making a stink, so Rich put up this page, posted a generous portrait, and is apparently on a PR offensive, pretending that he’s been on the up-and-up all along.

Good luck with that.

So here you go, Montana journalists. The link from the initiative to its financier. Of course, now that Rich is tacitly admitting his support, it’s no longer a story, is it?



  1. echk. I just finished disecting the SOS CI-97 crap, and I have a headache. Check out the 31 changes.

  2. See? I told you he looks like Mr. Burns from “The Simpsons.”

    You can just see him, fingers tented like a spider doing pushups on a mirror, murmuring to his press flack and staring at the campaign maps, “Excellent. EX-cellent!”

    Good piece. The media attack has begun. You might also check out their new “Coalition to Save our Homes and Churches” webpage/astroturf group, which is also linked off the ALG homepage, which was unveiled a week or two after they put up Smiling Howie Rich.

    Maybe the Montana papers will start paying attention once everyone gets back from Labor Day Weekend. We can only hope.

  3. On the bright side, Hart, you don’t have to keep busting your *ss to trace the funding back to Rich!

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  1. 1 Dave Budge .com » A Quote And A Pic

    […] First Touchstone posts this: The picture alone is worth a blog post. […]

  2. 2 Good riddance to bad initiatives « 4&20 blackbirds

    […] Don’t let the door hit you on the *ss on the way out, Howie. […]

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