It is a chic house. For those of you who watch the “Yellowstone” TV show, it reminds me of where the Californian villain grew up in Paradise Valley.
For those of you who have heard of President Biden’s controversial candidate for Bureau of Land Management (BLM), she is in hot water on serious ethical issues following her hearing in the US Senate on Tuesday.
Tracy Stone-Manning is a longtime leader in several black money environmental groups and a longtime member of the Democratic Party, including leading roles with Democratic Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and the former Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT). While he was Director of State for Senator Tester, she received a very large “personal loan” from a “friend” about half the market rate.
This “friend” also happens to be a wealthy donor to the Democratic Party. The Washington Times reported that Stone-Manning held high-level positions as chief of staff to Governor Bullock and as director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality while repaying the loan to Goldberg.
So who is this Democratic donor named Stuart Goldberg? According to my sources, Goldberg is a 2006 Senator Tester campaign donor. It also happens that he has one of the most expensive houses, if not the most expensive, in Missoula, Montana (see more photos below). Goldberg was also involved in a large conservation easement project in Montana, and won a license to float the coveted Smith River.
Did Goldberg or his estate benefit from his “friendship” with Tracy Stone-Manning? Did she disclose this “personal loan” (ie a gift) when she was working for the Senator? Even though Tracy Stone-Manning was not a partisan and radical environmentalist, even though she was the best candidate you can find to lead the BLM, these ethical questions could certainly derail her nomination.
Through a spokesperson, Montana Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) had this response to ethical questions raised during Stone-Manning’s hearing:
Senator Daines asked Ms Stone-Manning about her track record and her perspective on policies that will impact the Montana way of life, such as the re-authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline. The senator is concerned about something raised by another senator during the ethics hearing about Ms Stone-Manning receiving a greatly reduced personal loan while she was a staff member of Congress. He believes that before we can move forward with considering the appointment of Ms. Stone-Manning, we need clarity on the terms and the circumstances.