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