Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), as we know, is now at last under (extremely slow) investigation for using his county office, staff, and budget to carry on his very lucrative trade in outside political lobbying activity — really pseudo-political money-generating that earns him $150,000+ a year by rattling the cages of homophobic rich right wing donors with mailings warning that e.g. (this is a direct quote) “The Radical Homosexuals infiltrating the United States Congress have a plan: Indoctrinate an entire generation of American children with pro-homosexual propaganda and eliminate traditional values from American society.”
Delgaudio’s former aide Donny Ferguson, having learned at the knee of the master, as it were, has been running his own similar pseudo-lobby “American Tradition Partnership”; for a while, until they caught him at it, he was operating it right out of Delgaudio’s office himself.
However, Delgaudio is still enjoying a very cozy relationship with his protege, funneling county expense funds to Donny on a regular basis, supposedly for preparing his “newsletters” for him. County budget records show repeated payments of $1,000 or $1,250 to Donny Ferguson and Associates from Delgaudio for “designing” his newsletter; $500 for “designing a postcard”; $1,250 for “designing artwork for postcards.” (See sample below.)
Nice work if you can get it!
It’s against the law for groups like American Tradition Partnership (a “social welfare non-profit” — right) to coordinate political activity with political candidates; it’s under investigation in Montana for violating that. It would be interesting to know what Delgaudio is really buying with these payments to Ferguson . . .