FEC Complaint Dismissed

On June 1, 2017, the Federal Election Commission notified us about a complaint against the "We Take Our Stand” publication, and named the individual writers, photographers, and donors of the project.

We went to battle on this false complaint that was designed to intimidate and limit free speech.

On July 27, 2018, the FEC notified us that it found no reason to believe we violated election laws. You can read the decision here.

We are saddened by the harassment of our writers and the time it took for this decision. The entire project was transparent from the start, but a lot of time, money, and energy was wasted by bullies working to destroy a culture of free speech.

We will be in touch again soon about future plans for Montana Writers for Public Lands as we continue to demand protection of public lands and wildness.

The pressure on public lands is a national issue that demands attention. We hope you will all continue to spread the message that Montana’s public lands are valuable environmentally, socially, and economically. We will continue to take a stand and we hope you will too.

Montana will be an Eden for art and democracy. We won’t let anyone take that from us. Thank you for joining us!

—Rick Bass, Seabring Davis, Brian Schott


Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Field Report, Saturday, May 20, 2017

By Rick Bass

Weather Report: Sunny and warm, with spring showers.

Mood: Upbeat, pre-Bernie; post-Bernie, pitchfork-waving sleeves-rolled-up no more Billionaires’ Club, get out the vote-ish

We take Out Stand is in the world — in Sunday morning papers, and, yesterday, in the hands of nearly 4000 strong and faithful in Missoula to hear Rob Quist and Bernie Sanders. (Thanks, Betsy, for driving copies down from the Flathead!) Last night I dreamed of this utterance, repeated thousands of times — “Would you like an anthology?”

At the rally, Rob Quist spoke first and foremost of his support for our public lands. And Bernie was, of course, thunderous. He laid out the math: the Trump administration and his Republican Party’s repeal of health insurance will take 24 million people off insurance, including 70,000 Montanans. (A show of hands in the Adams Center, when Rob Quist asked — “How many of you have, or have family members with, pre-existing conditions? Every hand was raised).

Bernie spoke of proposed tax cuts on estate transfers — a $300 BILLION subsidy. The richest family in America, he said, the Walton Family would receive $80 billion of that 300. The Koch Brothers, a paltry $30 billion. Donald Trump himself would only reap $4 billion from passage of that legislation.

What has happened to our country? Where did it go, while we were looking away?

We are not looking away.

After the event, we went and combed the Adams Center for discards. We found only two, from the thousands we’d handed out, one by one. Thank you writers. Thank you, Brian Schott and Seabring Davis. Thank you, newspaper tabloid designer Ginger Lynch, and photographers Tom Murphy and Stephen Gnam. Thank you.

That night, Martha Scanlan and Jon Neufeld (with special guests Bethany Joyce and Nate Hegyi of Ovando).

A perfect day. What emotion is finer than hope?