Pam Bucy Campaigns On Your Dime
Records show Democrat attorney general candidate Bucy has conducted campaign work while on the clock and while using sick leave.
HELENA – Records obtained through a Right to Know request and a review of Democrat Attorney General candidate Pam Bucy’s event activities have revealed several instances of her conducting political campaign work on state time.
- On May 24, 2012, Pam Bucy announced on Facebook that she gave an interview with National Public Radio at the Lewis and Clark County Courthouse. (The interview aired on May 25, http://www.mtpr.org/podcast_feed/4.) The same day, Pam announced on Facebook that she “Had a great time talking with local Democratic leaders and activists over our party’s statewide weekly conference call.” She recorded her time that day as 8 sick hours.
- On April 19, 2012, Pam Bucy attended a Planned Parenthood lunch event. She recorded her time that day as 6.5 regular hours, 1.5 sick hours.
- On March 22, 2012, Pam Bucy attended a Missoula Wine, Women and Politics event, which ran from 5:30-7:30pm. She recorded her time that day as 4 regular hours, 1 vacation hour, and 3 sick hours.
The event and timecard references can be viewed here.
The state’s official sick leave policy lists specific instances when an employee’s use of sick time is warranted. Those include illness, parental leave, quarantine resulting from exposure to contagious disease, a medical appointment, care for a sick relative, or attending a funeral.
According to the Montana Operations Manual: “Sick leave abuse occurs when an employee uses sick leave for unauthorized purposes or misrepresents the actual reason for charging an absence to sick leave. Sick leave abuse is cause for dismissal.”
“Montana’s taxpayers are paying Pam Bucy nearly $90,000 per year to work at the Department of Labor and Industry, not to campaign for office,” said Bowen Greenwood, Executive Director of the Montana Republican Party. “These revelations of corruption raise serious concerns about Bucy’s ethics as well as her ability to serve as the state’s top law enforcement officer and effectively manage a department of nearly 900 employees,” Greenwood added. “It’s time for a change in Helena. It’s time for an Attorney General who will put responsibilities before politics.”
Pam Bucy’s timesheets were obtained through the Right to Know request from January 2 to July 3 of this year. The May 24, April 19, and March 22 instances raise the question of whether or not improper use of sick leave and state work time continued past July 3 and throughout the campaign.
Makes a person wonder if she is spending time doing these sort of things maybe that is why she does not know the rate of incarceration rates in her own state.
She has worked with the Attorney General’s Office. She drafted the Montana sexual and violent offender act to hold those criminals accountable. Knowing that stiffer penalties would generate more trials, Bucy worked to ensure that local law enforcement had resources for successful prosecutions. She helped lawmakers of both parties assemble resources needed to launch local forensic interview teams that would be trained to talk with child victims in a manner that reduced the stress on the child while gathering evidence needed for convictions.
Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/editorial/gazette-opinion/gazette-opinion-bucy-offers-best-experience-for-attorney-general/article_7fb6606a-ba4a-5819-958d-7c22615035f5.html#ixzz28gHDiv8O
That all sounds fantastic! But whoa….hold on there…it’s not all okay at the corral. Take a look at these articles concerning these issues.
Most Recent Newspaper Articles:
Officials in Montana’s Lewis and Clark County say the number of child abuse and neglect cases is increasing, and with it, the demand for foster homes.
The Independent Record ( http://bit.ly/Qs6h0n) reports that last year the Lewis and Clark County Attorney’s office dealt with 62 cases of children being removed from their homes _ a 30 percent increase over 2010. County Attorney Leo Gallagher says the trend continues, with 66 cases tallied so far this year.
“It just exploded,” Gallagher said.
The increase is putting strain on advocates, prosecutors and others who work with neglected and abused children, along with foster care families. Nearly 2,000 children statewide are in foster homes, including more than 125 in Lewis and Clark County.
MISSOULA- Two Missoula children are in the custody of Child and Family Services (CFS) after one of them told a school counselor his mother slapped him. (But the police have added on too that complaint.)
MISSOULA- Children on at least three Montana reservations will soon benefit from a major federal grant.
The National Native Children’s Trauma Center at The University of Montana received a $3.2 million award from the federal Administration for Children and Families to combat child abuse in Indian Country.
“These are not problems that are unique to native groups,” University of Montana National Native Children’s Trauma Center research associate Richard Manning said. “These are problems that’re especially pronounced of high poverty and our reservations in Montana have unemployment rates around 75 or 80 percent. That level of poverty is very hard on children.”
Criminal child abuse has been in the national headlines with cases like the Jerry Sandusky allegations in the spotlight.
Meanwhile, in Montana, the Department of Health and Human Services reports an increase in child abuse. However, what might surprise many parents is that not all criminal child abuse cases are reported to law enforcement.
“This is a gaping hole in the communication of a very large important state agency and law enforcement across the state,” said Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito about the state law that does not require the state health department to report information to law enforcement.
They took 1 case from Yellowstone County and are using this as their basis to have access to all “alleged” cases. Remember…”alleged” and I find it very hard to believe with the very high incarceration rates in Montana that the authorities were not notified. They were banking on the Jerry Sandusky case at the time of them asking for this new bill at the Law and Justice Committee in February. Look at the date of the news. Of course what Jerry Sandusky did was horrendous and he should be in prison. But they are using him for a calling card.
By KFBB News Team
Story Created: Sep 30, 2012 at 10:57 PM MDT Story Updated: Sep 30, 2012 at 10:57 PM MDT
Children who are available for adoption through the Child and Family Services Division of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services have been removed from their own families because of abuse, neglect or other family problems that make it unsafe for them to remain at home. The rights of their parents have been terminated making the children available for adoption. For more information on Montana’s Waiting Children Photo Listings go tohttp://www.adoptuskids.org.
Montana statutes regarding child abuse and neglect; to include definitions and procedures. … Have you seen the NEW AND IMPROVED Adoption Registry?
I would say that Candidate Pam Bucy for AG did not know the high incarceration rate for Montana in this radio interview or she selectively skimmed over this very hot topic.
For Pam Bucy and Steve Bullock decreeing all of these wonderful sounding laws that will generate more trials and stiffer penalties, let us get down to the nitty gritty of it. By God’s mercy how many sex offenders and violent Montanan’s do you have? In a population of a million there will be a certain quota of criminal activity. But for crying out loud, you can see the handwriting on the wall. This state is generating revenue by prisons and jails for profit.
We have already shown you documentation and articles of unfair trials for all these extra trials they are generating. We have shown you where police have even called out the corruption in the law enforcement. We have shown you how now in office, Attorney General Steve Bullock did not and does not press charges or arrest anyone under his wing or in a state employment affiliation, unless it is a nobody that they need to make an example of that will generate more money, not give them bad press that takes away money. We have organizations contacting us about the children that are taken out of their homes and even adopted but no charges are ever pressed on “alleged abuse”. They are making money off of these children by selling them out for adoptions. For the Native Americans we once took their land, now we take their children too? The Native Americans tell us “the white men here in Montana do not listen too us.” For those that are in prison it is a no win situation. How many children are going to be found in neglect with the unemployment level and poverty level so high? We have shown you how the mental facilities operate and the money they generate. If you can’t see through all of this by now, I don’t know what it will take until they come after you. You can only run so long on this with the small population in Montana.
Montana states that the high unemployment rate and poverty causes all of this crime. Yet, Montana is one of the highest states that receives federal funding for all of these grants for each of these programs, facilities, institutions, welfare. They don’t want to create jobs where Montanans can come up out of poverty. They are creating revenue by keeping these state systems in place. The state employees make higher salaries than the private sector. Why not? They don’t want the private sector making more money, that means they can’t as easily push everyone around. Citizens can start hiring attorney’s that will come back on this corrupted practice. Don’t believe it? Take a look at who is funding these two candidates. These attorneys want it all to stay within the house.
(Funny thing though, these two made up all of these stiffer laws, penalties, trials, convictions, higher incarceration rates, opened the door for major corruption to take place, Board of Pardons and Parole, high return on probationers….yet they did not keep their own sex offender registry up to par….they had offenders that had put their living addresses at Walmart.)
These officers made a stand to break the code and expose corruption.
So, you may not think much about the two recent incidents during this election such as Pam Bucy campaigning on our tax dollars or Steve Bullock rebelliously breaking the debate rules and hiding his notes in the podium at the debate in Helena. But, these two seemingly minor wrongdoings can show an open door to a deeper more sinister level of wrongdoing. She is the protegé of Steve Bullock. With a team like this and their history and with no real plan but their plan of continuing job growth in the Department of Justice field. Montana citizens that do not work for their team or in the government should be very scared.
This is not a matter of party affiliation, it matters about their history, their records, their beliefs, their prison mentality. Those that are Republican, those that are Democrat with corrupt practices, we call them out. You cannot put all of Montanans in prison……or you should just build a wall around Montana. Those in office now say they are only helping to protect the children of Montana, ….but the proof says otherwise. Do you know how many Montana children are going through Juvenile Prisons? You now have seen the number of increasing children going into the state system…where it has just “exploded” with an increasing need for foster homes while they adopt these children out. Montana…..please listen….you have fellow Montanans already dealing with this nightmare. This is something that you need to be concerned about. Yes, we do have a great need for all of these type programs but not on this scale and magnitude. It is time for change and only you Montana have the power to do that!