Archive for August 12th, 2009

by JC

Well, it seems that Ryan Morton decided after “the birds at 4&20 paint[ed] me as some frivolous, MBIA automaton,” that he needed to shake up his campaign for City Council from Ward 1. So he up and quit his job (hat tip to Keila over at Montana Red Tape!). Dang, just when I thought we had the perfect argument going about conflict of interest and all, what with him working at the MBIA and lobbying Council on their behalf.

Of course Ryan, an occasional commenter here (especially when we got into his professional lobbying business, or his campaign), had to throw a couple of bricks our way, as we challenged his dubious claim that working for MBIA and lobbying Council (which means he would have to lobby himself, which sounds oh, so yucky) somehow didn’t represent a conflict of interest.

So I guess that’s gone by the wayside. But, he reminded me in his comments at Red Tape that he is still working on the campaign for Kathy Greathouse, who is on the MBIA’s Board of Directors, and is running for City Council in Ward 6. Ah, so incestuous these MBIA people are. She also is (unless she’s looking for a new coat of paint too…) the chair of the MBIA Government Affairs Committee–which technically made her a boss of the org’s lobbyist–which used to be Ryan.

Oh, and by the way, there is a real nice new job opening in town, which gives a real succinct definition of a lobbyist!

· Develops and maintains effective lines of communication with local and state public officials on issues that impact the industry and association members.

· Coordinates, promotes and participates in meetings held with government leaders and political candidates to advance the objectives of the association.

· Attends and participates in government and community meetings and regularly updates the members regarding any issues affecting the industry.

· Obtains proposed legislation and regulations for submission to committee for analysis and recommendations. Obtains relevant information on state and national issues and distributes to the committee and membership.

· Establishes and maintains a grassroots network of members to assist on critical legislative and regulatory issues.

–a lobbyist that Kathy Greathouse oversees in her duties on the MBIA Board, and maybe still as the head of its Government Affairs Committee. And maybe as a City Councilor. All in the family!

by problembear

are already covered in a gov’mint plan? medicare? V.A.? ……if i was a reporter i would be very curious about that…hmmmm. scratches himself…

and how many of the health reform town hall protesters would give it up for a private insurance plan?   not many i’ll bet………..

by JC


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