Greg Gianforte, a Republican in Montana’s House special election, has been reported by The Guardian to have had connections to Russian companies that were sanctioned by the U.S..
According to the news outlet, Gianforte owns $92,400 shares in ISHARES MSCF Russia AND $150,000 in VanEck Vectors Russia ETF.
According to Gianforte’s spokesman, Shane Scanlon, the Republican candidate will be placing his assents in a bling trust should he win the election.
“The situation with Russia is the result of the last eight years of a failed policy by President Obama,” the spokesman said of Gianforte’s Russia position.
“The US and our allies need to work together on a long-term strategy to stand against Russian aggression in the region and to ensure the sovereignty of our allies is protected. In any foreign policy decision, we must always ensure that America’s interests are protected.”
Spokesman for Gianforte’s Democratic opponent in the race Rob Quist spoke about the Republicans ties to Russia.
“Montana voters deserve to know why Greg Gianforte held on to his shady Russian investments after Putin invaded Ukraine, and again when Russia was accused of interfering in the presidential election,” Tina Olechowski said.
“Instead Gianforte kept his Russian ties secret during his failed run for governor last year.”
The Montana special election is set to take place on May 25.