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Field Coordinator

Evan Wilson is a Field Coordinator at the Department of the Interior.

Evan Wilson attended Billings Senior High School in Billings, MT, and the University of Washington, before receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Montana in 2008 and a master’s degree from the University of Montana in 2009.

He claims on LinkedIn that he was the campaign manager for Rehberg for Congress from October 2009 to December 2010. Federal Election Commission records show he was paid by the campaign from July 2010 to December 2010. During this period he was paid $12,911 in wages by the campaign. In the first four months of 2011 he was chief of staff for the Republicans in the Montana House of Representatives before working as a caseworker in the Office of Congressman Denny Rehberg for the rest of 2011. He was paid by the Office of Congressman Denny Rehberg $22,350 in 2011. Evan Wilson claims on LinkedIn he was the political director for Denny Rehberg’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2012. Federal Election Commission records do not indicate he was paid by this campaign.

Evan Wilson was the membership coordinator from 2013 to 2014 and executive officer from 2014 to 2015 at the Missoula Building Industry Association.

He was the western district director in the Office of Congressman Ryan Zinke from March 2015 to February 2016. Evan Wilson was paid by the Office of Congressman Ryan Zinke $43,629 in 2015 and 2016.

In 2016 he was paid $59,113 in wages to manage Ryan Zinke’s congressional campaign, and in the first five months of 2017 he was paid $34,375 for work as a policy advisor in the Office of Congressman Ryan Zinke. The four months after that he worked in the Office of Congressman Greg Gianforte, and was paid $16,167. Later in 2017 he was paid $9,360 in wages to work on the congressional campaign of Greg Gianforte.

Sources: [Department of the Interior, accessed 10/17/18, LinkedIn Profile for Evan Wilson, accessed 10/17/18, Legistorm Profile for Evan Wilson, accessed 10/17/18, and Political Moneyline Search for Evan Wilson, accessed 10/17/18]

Political Connections

Evan Wilson has a long history of working on the campaigns and in the government offices of Montana Republicans.

Evan Wilson claims on LinkedIn that he was the campaign manager for Rehberg for Congress from October 2009 to December 2010. Federal Election Commission records show he was paid by the campaign from July 2010 to December 2010. During this period he was paid $12,911 in wages by the campaign. In the first four months of 2011 he was chief of staff for the Republicans in the Montana House of Representatives before working as a caseworker in the Office of Congressman Denny Rehberg for the rest of 2011. He was paid by the Office of Congressman Denny Rehberg $22,350 in 2011. Evan Wilson claims on LinkedIn he was the political director for Denny Rehberg’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2012. Federal Election Commission records do not indicate he was paid by this campaign.

When Denny Rehberg was in Congress he was an “ardent advocate” for the mining industry. Congressman Rehberg “used his influence to push Washington to approve deals sought by mining companies, including land swaps the government questions as disadvantageous to taxpayers, or opening up copper mining in northwestern Montana.” He worked in Congress against rules “intended to combat black lung disease, blamed for 10,000 miners’ deaths” in the first decade of the 21st Century. He also worked to block “rules intended to help pay for the cleanup of toxic waste at abandoned mine sites or to prevent strip mines from contaminating streams.” While in Congress he also “pushed for more access to federal lands to drill for oil and natural gas and to harvest timber,” and “to repeal rules that might limit access.”

Denny Rehberg’s federal campaigns raised $18.7 million, and $1.2 million of that came from oil, gas, and mining interests.

Evan Wilson, in 2012, was paid $396 by Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Essmann.

He was the western district director in the Office of Congressman Ryan Zinke from March 2015 to February 2016. Evan Wilson was paid by the Office of Congressman Ryan Zinke $43,629 in 2015 and 2016.

In 2016 he was paid $59,113 in wages to manage Ryan Zinke’s congressional campaign, and in the first five months of 2017 he was paid $34,375 for work as a policy advisor in the Office of Congressman Ryan Zinke. The four months after that he worked in the Office of Congressman Greg Gianforte, and was paid $16,167. Later in 2017 he was paid $9,360 in wages to work on the congressional campaign of Greg Gianforte.

Sources: [LinkedIn Profile for Evan Wilson, accessed 10/17/18, Legistorm Profile for Evan Wilson, accessed 10/17/18, Political Moneyline Search for Evan Wilson, accessed 10/17/18, Montana Campaign Electronic Reporting System Campaign Expenditure Search for Evan Wilson, accessed 10/18/17, Denny Rehberg, Career Summary, Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 10/18/17, and Eric Lipton, “Mining Companies Back Friend’s Bid for Senate,” The New York Times, 12/24/11]

Evan Wilson has contributed more than $2,800 to Republican politicians in Montana since 2010.

Evan Wilson contributed $200 to Denny Rehberg’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2012 and $255 to Ryan Zinke’s congressional campaign in 2015.

He contributed $75 to Republican state Senate candidate Roy Brown in 2010, $50 to Republican state Senate candidate Frederick Moore in 2010, $160 to Republican state House candidate Errol Galt in 2012, $600 to Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Essmann in 2012, $310 to Republican attorney general candidate Timothy Fox in 2012, $200 to Republican Secretary of State candidate Scott Aspenlieder in 2012, and $1,000 to Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte in 2016.

Sources: [Political Moneyline Search for Evan Wilson, accessed 10/17/18, Montana Campaign Electronic Reporting System Campaign Contribution Search for Evan Wilson, accessed 10/18/17]

Financials

Financial Disclosure

Source: Office of Government Ethics

Other Information

Evan Wilson is sympathetic to the concerns of local officials who complain about “restrictions on local oil and gas development,” including restrictions on “‘lands with wilderness characteristics.’”

“With a Republican in the White House, Park County [WY] commissioners say it’s high time for the federal government to lift some restrictions on local oil and gas development.” Commissioners were “unhappy with parts of a 2015 land use plan that governs the management of millions of acres of public lands across the Big Horn Basin. They say…the Bureau of Land Management’s plan are holding back the minerals industry.”

“‘I can appreciate the sentiment…and it is well-received,’ responded Evan Wilson, a Denver-based BLM official.” Wilson who “said he hears similar concerns about lands with wilderness characteristics on a weekly basis,” responded, “‘this is not a unique problem and it is one we are all ears to.’” [CJ Baker, Commissioners urge feds to ease restrictions on oil and gas industry,” Powell Tribune, 06/19/18]