April marks the start of the 2nd quarter, so that means more Gateway Pacific coal terminal money received by Congressman Ryan Zinke’s election campaign.
Congressman Zinke appears to have been rewarded with campaign contributions for having performed his latest dirty deed to benefit SSA Marine and Cloud Peak Energy, both of which, currently own Pacific International Terminals/GPT. SSA Marine owns 51%, and Cloud Peak Energy has a 49% stake in PIT/GPT.
Zinke’s latest dirty deed for coal export terminal interests was his having sent a March 15 letter to Acting Inspector General of the DoD, Glenn Fine, in which the Congressman called for an investigation of USACE Colonel John G. Buck, relating to the Gateway Pacific Terminal project proposed at Cherry Point.
According to OpenSecrets, Zinke’s campaign just received another $6,000 from Cloud Peak Energy, bringing his total campaign money received from Cloud Peak for the 2015-2016 election cycle to $10,500.
Zinke also just received another $1,000 from FRS Capital Corp (ultimate parent company over Carrix and SSA Marine), bringing his total campaign money received from FRS Capital Corp. for the 2015-2016 election cycle to $7,000.
It appears that all Congressman Zinke had to do to receive those new campaign contributions, was to simply point a finger at a Colonel in the USACE who has been serving in the Army for over two decades, accuse him of wrongdoing, and ask that he be investigated, without having provided one shred of evidence in his letter to back up his accusations.