Montana Dems smear business, fail, apologize to company for ‘inconvenience’

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WHOOPS: Montana Dems apologized after falsely accusing a Bozeman company of outsourcing jobs.

By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Montana Democratic Party is a little red-faced after an attack it launched to smear a Republican congressional candidate and his former employer failed.

During Montana’s congressional race last year, the party accused Bozeman-based RightNow Technologies of laying off Treasure State workers to send jobs to India. The party also claimed RightNow used “money from government contracts to ship jobs overseas.”

RightNow employed Steve Daines, who ultimately went on to win Montana’s lone congressional seat over Democrat Kim Gillan. During debates, Gillan repeatedly rapped companies that ship jobs overseas, and promised action to end the practice.

Just days before the election, RightNow announced a lawsuit against the party, contending the claims to be completely false.

Now, the Democrats agree with their former target. In a letter dated Feb. 15, 2013, Montana Democratic Party Chairman Jim Elliott admitted the party “now believe(s)” the allegations incorrect.

“We regret any inconvenience this has caused you,” Elliott writes, concluding the short letter.

In response, RightNow announced it will drop the lawsuit. The company couldn’t resist taking a not-so-subtle shot at Democrats, though.

“This case was about whether the truth matters in Montana, or whether people should be allowed to simply make things up to benefit themselves at the expense of hurting others,” wrote RightNow President Greg Gianforte. “When people publicly say things about others without any reason for believing their statements to be true, they deserve to be held accountable for their false statements.”

Here’s a copy of Elliott’s mea culpa to RightNow, via Aaron Flint:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: Dustin@Watchdog.org or @DustinHurst via Twitter.

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Dustin is the Social Media Coordinator for Watchdog.org and a staff writer for Northwest Watchdog. He specializes in finding government waste, reporting on elections and innovating new media strategies.

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