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"Montana Street Fighter" Likely a Hilltop Blog Run By Former Tester Staffer

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Media Trackers Montana has discovered that Bob Funk, a former staffer for Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester, and current employee of the Washington, D.C.-based Hilltop Public Solutions, is likely behind the anonymous left-wing blog “Montana Street Fighter.”

Montana Street Fighter popped up during the 2012 election and and its posts generally promote Democratic candidates and causes in Montana while being critical of conservatives. The blog has had a specific focus on the upcoming 2014 U.S. Senate election.

On May 13, Street Fighter posted about former Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s keynote address to the Montana AFL-CIO convention in Billings on May 11, while speculating about Schweitzer’s potential candidacy for U.S. Senate.

After the post, this Facebook screenshot was shown of a Bozeman Daily Chronicle poll showing Schweitzer winning a potential match-up against Montana’s current Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines. However, the author neglected to edit out the bottom right picture indicating whose Facebook profile the screenshot was taken from.

Comparing that screenshot with the Facebook profile picture of Bob Funk, it appears that the screenshot of the poll was taken from inside Funk’s Facebook profile.

The next day Funk’s picture had been edited out of the post. Media Trackers Montana also discovered that Funk deleted his Facebook profile shortly after the post.

Hilltop Public Solutions has gained notoriety in Montana in recent months as the political consulting firm behind numerous Democratic candidates and independent expenditure campaigns statewide. Hilltop is currently accused of allegedly facilitating illegal coordination between the 2012 campaign of Gov. Steve Bullock and third party groups in a 277-page complaint that is currently before the Commissioner of Political Practices.

 

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