Who will be the next Senator from Montana?

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On Tuesday, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) announced that he would not be running for re-election. This is huge news!

Baucus, who helped kill the public option during the health care debate in 2010, will not be missed. And now we have the opportunity to replace Sen. Baucus, better known as the “Senator from K Street.”

Donate $15 now so we can elect a Senator that will take on corporate power.

This past year we made thousands of calls to Wisconsin and Ohio to elect Tammy Baldwin and Sherrod Brown to the Senate. And right now we’re running a calling program all this week to elect Ed Markey for Massachusetts’ Senate seat.

Next year, there will be a number of seats to target. We need to know whether to prioritize this seat as well. Donate today to show that you want us to work in Montana for this election.

Max Baucus earned the title “Senator from K Street” by using his prestigious position as the Chairman of the Finance Committee to do the bidding of his corporate donors — even at the expense of his own constituents.

According to the New York Times, at least 28 aides of Max Baucus who worked for the Senator since he became Chairman of the Finance Committee, have gone on to become corporate tax lobbyists during the Obama administration — more than any other current member of Congress.

These aides have in turn, used their close relationship with their former boss to pass legislation helping financial firms save $11.2 billion in tax deferments and secure $222 million in tax cuts.1 Now that’s just wrong.

And in the eleventh hour, he left progressives hanging — in 2001 helping to pass the Bush tax cuts for the rich by breaking with Democrats, killing the public option and voting against the Democrats’ budget proposal for 2014. And just last week, he was one of only 4 Democrats to vote against universal background checks.

It’s time to put Max Baucus and his corporate lobbyists behind us. Right now, it looks like former MT Governor Brian Schweitzer, a powerful populist and single-payer healthcare advocate will be the Democratic nominee. But whoever Montana voters select in the primary, it will certainly be a better choice than corporate-shill Baucus.

Donate $15 now so we can elect a Senator who will stand up against corporate interests, rather than stand for them.

1 – “Tax Lobby Builds Ties to Chairman of Finance,” The New York Times, April 7, 2013