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Rob Quist: Liar, Liar, "Red Ants Pants" On Fire?

- May 12, 2017

From Personal Finances To Gun Control, The Democrat House Hopeful Is Mired In Scandals Involving Dishonesty And Integrity 

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • This week, we learned Rob Quist underreported his income by $57,000 on his required federal financial disclosures because he neglected to include income earned from over twenty performances, including a show at the "Red Ants Pants Music Festival."
  • Quist also failed to disclose his ties to a rental property on his financial disclosures, then, when confronted about this omission, lied about renting the apartment out to tenants.
  • Rob Quist was also caught lying about a central claim in his campaign's TV and radio ads, which falsely say that his opponent had twenty-two tax liens filed against him.
  • This week's revelations are not a new trend, as Quist has skipped out on paying his property taxes, outstanding debts, and has been sued by a bandmate for "deceit and fraud."
  • Quist also claimed that he comes from a tradition where hunting is a "way of life," yet he hasn't held a valid hunting or fishing license in at least 16 years.

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THIS WEEK ROB QUIST WAS BOGGED DOWN IN FURTHER CONTROVERSY

Quist Underreported $57,000 Of Personal Income On Federally Required Disclosure Statements

Quist Underreported His Income By $57,000 On His Federally Required Financial Disclosure Statements. "The Democratic candidate for Montana's sole U.S. House seat, a cowboy poet and musician running for public office for the first time, underreported $57,000 in income when he filed federally required financial disclosure statements two months ago." (Bob Calvan, "Montana Dem In US House Bid Underreports Income," Associated Press , 5/2/17)

  • Quist Initially Reported Earning $79,000 In Income In 2016 And Later Revised This Number To $136,000. "His updated disclosures show Quist and his wife made about $136,000 in 2016. The original report identified about $79,000 in income, while a copy of Quist's 2016 tax return released to the AP by his campaign listed a total income of $64,805." (Bob Calvan, "Montana Dem In US House Bid Underreports Income," Associated Press , 5/2/17)
  • The Number Was Corrected As Quist Included Income Earned From Almost Two Dozen Performances He Did Not Include In The First Filing, Including A Performance At The "Red Ants Pants Music Festival." "The number was bumped up to $136,000 as the number of concert performances Quist reported went from 11 in his first report to 34, including a spot at the Red Ants Pants Music Festival." (Tom Lutey, "Quist Has Ties To Rental Property Not Listed On State Tax Rolls," The Billings Gazette , 5/9/17)
  • The Erroneous Filing Was Filed On March 8, 2017. (Rob Quist, United States House Of Representatives, Financial Disclosure Report , 3/8/17)

Quist Filed An Updated Financial Disclosure Statement Last Week, After He Was Questioned For Discrepancies On His 2016 Tax Returns. "Quist's campaign filed a new disclosure statement with the U.S. House last week after The Associated Press sought an explanation for discrepancies in his initial disclosure document and on his 2016 income tax returns. Federal ethics law requires congressional candidates to file a one-time accounting of their personal finances." (Bobby Calvan, "Quist Underreports Income In Campaign Filing," MTPR , 5/2/17)

Quist Failed To Disclose His Ties To A Private Rental Property

Public Records Show That Rob Quist Has Ties To A Rental Property He Did Not List On His State Tax Rolls. "Montana's Democratic U.S. House candidate, Rob Quist has ties to a rental property not listed on state tax rolls, public records show. Quist acknowledged the apartments Tuesday in an interview with The Gazette, but denied renting out the units. Advertising records and leasing contracts suggest otherwise." (Tom Lutey, "Quist Has Ties To Rental Property Not Listed On State Tax Rolls," The Billings Gazette , 5/9/17)

When Asked About The Properties, Quist Denied Renting Out The Apartment Units. "Quist acknowledged the apartments Tuesday in an interview with The Gazette, but denied renting out the units. Advertising records and leasing contracts suggest otherwise. 'My son's living there, so that's not a rental property. It's just something that's kind of family-owned,' Quist said." (Tom Lutey, "Quist Has Ties To Rental Property Not Listed On State Tax Rolls," The Billings Gazette , 5/9/17)

  • But The Quists Rented The Apartments To At Least Four Tenants, And Advertised The Apartment Units On Craigslist. "The Quists have rented the apartment units, advertising them on Kalispell Craigslist as a 'Cozy Country Slice of Montana Close to Town.' Through the online classified service, Bonni Quist described the units, one with lofted ceilings, as being part of a renovated 100-year-old barn. The Gazette identified four people who have rented from Quist in recent years." (Tom Lutey, "Quist Has Ties To Rental Property Not Listed On State Tax Rolls," The Billings Gazette , 5/9/17)

Quist Was Caught Lying To Voters About His Opponent's Finances

For The Past Two Months, Quist And The Montana Democratic Party Have Run TV And Radio Ads Accusing Quist's Opponent, Greg Gianforte, Of Having Had 22 Tax Liens Against Him. "Quist and the Montana Democratic Party have for two months made the claim, now featured in Quist's radio and television ads, that Republican House candidate 'Greg Gianforte and his business had 22 tax liens.'" (Tom Lutey, "Contrary To Quist Ads, Tax Liens Weren't Gianforte's, Says Company That Bought RightNow," The Billings Gazette , 5/3/17)

International Software Company Oracle "Debunked" Quist's Claim That 22 Tax Liens Were Filed Against His Opponent, Greg Gianforte. "International software giant Oracle Corp. has debunked U.S. House candidate Rob Quist's claim that 22 tax liens were filled against his Republican opponent and Bozeman-based RightNow Technologies from 2012 to 2015. Quist and the Montana Democratic Party have for two months made the claim." (Tom Lutey, "Contrary To Quist Ads, Tax Liens Weren't Gianforte's, Says Company That Bought RightNow," The Billings Gazette , 5/3/17)

QUIST'S LENGTHY LEGACY OF FINANCIAL DECEPTION AND ETHICAL SHORTCOMINGS

Quist Has His Own Extensive History Of Financial Irresponsibility

Rob Quist "Has Been Turned Over To Collections, Sued By A Bank After Not Repaying A Loan And Accused Of Fraud And Deceit." "Flathead County court and property records indicate the popular musician turned politician has been turned over to collections, sued by a bank after not repaying a loan and accused of fraud and deceit by a former member of Mission Mountain Wood Band, the group that vaulted Quist to Montana stardom in the 1970s." (Tom Lutey, "Quist Has 16-Year Debt Trail, Records Show," Billings Gazette , 3/25/17)

In 2001, A Montana Contractor Completed Nearly $6,000 Worth Of Work For Quist, But Quist Refused To Pay Him. "The oldest case involves Kraig Trippel, a Kalispell excavator who did $5,960 worth of work for Rob and Bonni Quist in the spring of 2001, but had to file a lien for payment after most of the bill went unpaid." (Tom Lutey, "Quist Has 16-year Debt Trail, Records Show," Billings Gazette , 3/25/17)

  • According To The Contractor, Quist "Seemed To Want Special Treatment" And "Definitely Had A Sense Of Arrogance…" "The contractor told The Billings Gazette Friday the Quists hired him to excavate and landscape an area for a stage and dance floor behind their barn and that work had to be done quickly because the space was going to be put to use. … Trippel expected to be paid promptly. He said the Quists seemed to want special treatment. 'Both of them, they definitely had a sense of arrogance about them, because he was doing concerts and he was a singer and yada, yada, yada,' Trippel said." (Tom Lutey, "Quist Has 16-year Debt Trail, Records Show," Billings Gazette , 3/25/17)

In 2007, The Quists Didn't Pay Their State Property Taxes. "The Montana Department of Revenue filed a lien against the Quists in 2015 for $8,189.38 for unpaid taxes and fees related to the 2007 delinquency. Court records show that in May 2016, the debt was paid off." (Tom Lutey, "Quist Has 16-year Debt Trail, Records Show," Billings Gazette , 3/25/17)

In 2010, The Quists Stopped Making Payments On A $10,000 Debt Which Resulted In A Debt Service Suing The Quists For Collection. "Quist said the matter involved a credit card that he charged on during episodes of poor health. The couple still owed $9,994.19 on the card when the Quists stopped paying the bill in March 2010. Wells Fargo sold the debt to Security Credit Services LLC, which sued the Quists for payment in 2014." (Tom Lutey, "Quist Has 16-year Debt Trail, Records Show," Billings Gazette , 3/25/17)

  • Rob Quist Is Still Under Court Order To Pay This Debt, Now Owned By Security Credit Services LLC, Which Has Sued The Quists For Payment. "The candidate is still under court order to pay a $10,301.69 debt stemming from a Wells Fargo line of credit that Quist and his wife, Bonni, quit making payments on in 2010. The debt now belongs to Security Credit Services LLC, which has successfully sued the Quists for payment." (Tom Lutey, "Contrary To Quist Ads, Tax Liens Weren't Gianforte's, Says Company That Bought RightNow," The Billings Gazette , 5/3/17)
  • Multiple Times Quist Said His Debts Have Been Paid, But The Billings Gazette Proved This Claim To Be False. "Quist has more than once said his debts have been paid including last week, during a meeting with the Gazette Editorial board and Gianforte. The Gazette corrected Quist, noting that court records showed the Wells Fargo debt remained unpaid." (Tom Lutey, "Contrary To Quist Ads, Tax Liens Weren't Gianforte's, Says Company That Bought RightNow," The Billings Gazette , 5/3/17)

In 2011, When A Montana Court Ordered The Quists To Pay Over $1,300 To A Collector, The Quists Didn't Event Respond To The Court's Summons. "In 2011, Flathead County Justice Court ordered the Quists to pay $1,380.17 to Collection Bureau Services Inc., a debt collector in Missoula. The Quists were summoned to court, but didn't respond, according to the lawsuit's case history. Collection Bureau Services declined to discuss the debt when contacted by The Gazette last week." (Tom Lutey, "Quist Has 16-year Debt Trail, Records Show," Billings Gazette , 3/25/17)

In 2013, Quist Was Sued By His Bandmate For " Breach Of Contract, Negligent Misrepresentation, Deceit And Fraud." "In 2013, the Quists were sued by Mission Mountain Wood Band bassist Steve Riddle. In the lawsuit, Riddle accused the Quists and unnamed others of using a legally dissolved corporation to produce the Mission Mountain Wood Band 'Private Stash' box set collection. It was 2012, The company used to produce the box set, Wood Band Music LLC, had been dissolved in 2007 with the understanding that it was never to produce further product. Riddle, in the lawsuit, said he learned of the 'Private Stash' box set two years after its production from Mission Mountain Wood Band's mastering engineer, Jeff Ader. Riddle had received no royalties. After failing to collect, he sued Quist for breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, deceit and fraud." (Tom Lutey, "Quist Has 16-year Debt Trail, Records Show," Billings Gazette , 3/25/17)

ROB QUIST HAS BEEN INCONSISTENT ON GUN OWNERSHIP

In Regard To Gun Ownership, Quist Has Misled Followers On His Personal History

Rob Quist Said That He Comes From A Tradition Where Guns Are A "Way Of Life" For Young Men. "'I come from a ranching-farming tradition where guns are not only a way of life, but it's something every young man goes through. We learn how to operate weapons in a safe manner and with respect. We learn that bringing meat home is a time-honored tradition,' he said." (Troy Carter, "Rob Quist Touring State, Lobbying Dems Ahead Of U.S. House Election," Bozeman Daily Chronicle , 1/22/17)

  • Quist Said He's Personally Been On Many Hunts That Have Provided Meals For Himself And His Family. "I've been on many hunts myself where I've brought home an elk that fed our family and that's an important thing for Montanans." (Troy Carter, "Rob Quist Touring State, Lobbying Dems Ahead Of U.S. House Election," Bozeman Daily Chronicle , 1/22/17)

According To Montana Fish, Wildlife And Parks Records, Quist Has Not Held A Hunting Or Fishing License For At Least 16 Years. "Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks records show that Democrat Rob Quist hasn't had a hunting or fishing license for at least 16 years. Electronic records of hunting and fishing licenses begin in 2002." (Tom Lutey, "Hunting Records Of U.S. House Candidates Released," The Billings Gazette , 4/26/17)

In A Campaign Advertisement, Quist Yielded A Rifle And Said, "For Generations, This Old Rifle Has Protected My Family's Ranch." "Quist's response comes in the surprisingly robust tradition of ads that feature candidates shooting guns. In 'Defend,' Quist sets up a shot at a TV screen that's playing the ad in question. 'For generations, this old rifle has protected my family's ranch,' said Quist." (David Weigel, "To Deflect Gun Rights Criticism, Montana Democrat Shoots A TV," The Washington Post , 4/20/17)

Quist Has Questioned The Need Of Americans To Own "Assault Rifles," And Has Considered Calling For Registering Guns With The Government. "But he believes that efforts to increase public safety are being derailed by gun manufacturers, questioning the need to own assault rifles. 'They're only meant to kill people,' he said. 'So maybe there should be some legislation to register those types of things.'" (Troy Carter, "Rob Quist Touring State, Lobbying Dems Ahead Of U.S. House Election," Bozeman Daily Chronicle , 1/22/17)


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