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Dark Money Chairman Governor Bullock has some serious explaining to do when he says: “Montanans, not big money, must decide elections,” given all the secret, big money he has raised for his re-election campaign.

For the last two years, Bullock has served as Chairman and Finance Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), raising unlimited corporate cash and dark money to benefit HIS campaign.

Bullock’s tenure at the DGA is already paying dividends with this group now running attack ads tearing down his opponent with money Bullock helped raise.

Bullock’s entire re-election campaign depends on him tapping into all the corporate cash, dark money, and special-interest PAC money he has been so busy raising:

  • Bullock raised $30 million– mostly all from corporate donations– last year as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA).
  • Bullock also raised nearly $5 million in dark money as DGA Chair.
  • Bullock has taken almost $80,000 in special-interest PAC money (on top of the special-interest PAC money benefiting him from the Montana Democratic Party).

It was also recently reported that Bullock has even been exploiting contribution limits that allow him to launder corporate and dark money into his campaign.

Setting aside his blatant hypocrisy on secret, big-money, it’s clear Bullock intends to have this election decided by HIS corporate cash, dark money, and special interest PAC money– not Montanans.

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Time and time again, Governor Bullock refuses to stand up and fight for Colstrip and Montana jobs …

Last week, despite being invited to provide testimony, the Bullock administration ‘did not send anyone to speak in support of critical legislation that protects Montana coal jobs from President Obama’s recent job-killing coal lease moratorium.

Yesterday, Bullock had an assistant deliver a weak message at another coal hearing on this issue and it was a slap in the face to folks in Colstrip and working men and women all across Montana. Instead, he released an “energy plan” 4 years too late that neither saves Colstrip nor protects Montana jobs.

If you recall, Bullock was also a no-show at a coal lease moratorium hearing in Billings last August– abandoning our coal workers in time of need.

Now, Bullock claims to oppose Obama’s job-killing coal lease moratorium but when given opportunities to stand up to Obama he repeatedly cowers in defeat.

This is a pattern of Bullock paying lip service to Montana coal workers but failing to take concrete action to protect their jobs.

Look to a few months ago when Bullock permanently killed the Otter Creek coal jobs project, refusing to issue permits– blocking the creation of 4,400 high-paying Montana jobs.

And, the job-killing energy agenda that Obama, Hillary, and Bullock are relentless in pursuing in the name of climate change threatens to shut down Colstrip and eliminate 7,000 Montana jobs.

Their radical environmental agenda will have no impact on global carbon emissions– a statement made by Obama’s former EPA administrator– but will put thousands of Montanans out of work.

This isn’t the kind of leadership Montanans deserve. Greg Gianforte will always fight and protect Montana jobs. You can trust Greg Gianforte to fight for the livelihoods of Montana workers and their families.

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Helena, MT Chairman Jeff Essmann of the Montana Republican Party released the following statement today on Montana’s primary election results:

This Republican ticket is a team who won’t stop fighting until we bring high-paying jobs and greater opportunities to all Montanans. Now is the time for Montana to shake off the doldrums imposed by stagnant wages and the lack of leadership from career politicians so all Montanans from every walk of life can be better off.”

A Republican team that unites behind our core platform of job creation, lower and simpler taxes, greater business growth and innovation, reducing burdensome regulations, and respecting the freedom and rights of individuals will bring all of us a better future.”

As Republicans look toward November, we must all work together if we are going to be successful in sweeping every statewide race and enacting policies that can better the lives of every Montanan. Now is the time to unite and support our great team of Republican leaders and defeat the stale protectors of a failed status quo.”

The Montana Republican Ticket: Ryan Zinke for United States Representative; Greg Gianforte and Lesley Robinson for Governor and Lt. Governor; Tim Fox for Attorney General; Corey Stapleton for Secretary of State; Elsie Arntzen for State Superintendent; and Matt Rosendale for State Auditor.

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New York Lawyer Governor Steve Bullock has recruited Anti-Coal Governor Terry McAuliffe– who is under federal investigation for illegal campaign contributions– to help raise money for his re-election campaign.

A quick look at Bullock and Terry’s job-killing energy agenda shows they have a lot in common.

Bullock and Terry are both associated with Tom Steyer– a radical environmentalist– who wrote large checks to both campaigns: Terry received a $1.6 million check in 2013, and Bullock took $250,000 last year in his role as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA)– this money is now being used to bankroll Bullock’s re-election campaign.

While Terry recently VETOED a coal tax credit bill that would have helped workers as thousands of jobs have been eliminated, Bullock permanently killed the Otter Creek coal jobs project earlier this year when he refused to issue their permits (and also voted against this jobs project in 2010).

Bullock’s actions mean 4,400 good-paying jobs will NEVER be created nor will our communities receive $100 million in tax revenue to fund vital infrastructure and school projects.

Bullock and Terry are one in the same: Working to kill good-paying jobs supported by their coal industry.

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New York Lawyer Governor Steve Bullock this past weekend recruited Governor Terry McAuliffe– who is under federal investigation for campaign contributions– to help raise money for his re-election campaign.

Will Bullock return the money he raised from Terry McAuliffe this past weekend or will Bullock use that money for his campaign?

This isn’t the first time Bullock teamed up with Terry McAuliffe. In February, Bullock held a Washington D.C. fundraiser at a lobbying firm, where Terry McAuliffe was the “night’s special guest.”

Bullock should send back the money and end his cozy relationship with Terry McAuliffe, who is the “subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department’s public integrity unit.”

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Billings, MT – At the Montana State Delegate Convention today the following individuals were elected as Montana’s national and alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention:

National Delegates

Berglee, Seth
Brown, Dee
Brown, James
Butcher, Edward
Fagg, Harrison
Fielder, Jennifer
Happel, Dan
Hopkins, Mike
Lamm, Debra
Landsgaard, Paul
Lotton, Bradley
Mandeville, Forrest
Manzella, Theresa
Milanovich, Anita
Milanovich, John
Miller, Ken
Miller, Peggy
Noland, Mark
Nordwick, Suzzann
Olsen, Eric
Pfaehler, Karen Marie
Tuck, Thomas
Wittich, Art
Zinke, Ryan

Alternate Delegates

Baker, Mark
Barbisan, Susan
Dellwo, Liz
Deschamps, Will
Fick, Ronald
Kopetski, Vondene
Linn, Janice
McKinney, Jenna
Murray, Arla Jeanne
Nelson, Kevin
Nelson, Lorena Fatouros
Pierce, Terra
Porta, William
Rambur, Dale
Reger, James
Reneau, Susan Campbell
Sales, Scott
Saunders, Robert
Scranton, Dennis
Seekins-Crowe, Kerri
Selph, William
Shipp, Chris
Vogel, Randy
Zinke, Lola

In total, Montana will send 27 national delegates to the Republican National Convention. The remaining 3 delegates are: Chairman Jeff Essmann, National Committeeman Errol Galt and National Committeewoman Betti Hill.

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As liberals across the state welcome Bernie Sanders to Montana today they are almost guaranteed to hear Bernie rail against the evils of Wall Street and the influence of corporate special interest money in our elections.

With Bernie’s crusade against corporate special interests, you might think he’s found an ally in Governor Bullock, who never misses an opportunity to tout his work leading the fight against unlimited corporate cash and dark money in our political system:

  • Bullock bragged about taking the “fight against corporate influence. (Great Falls Tribune, 11/21/2014)
  • “I don’t think there’s any governor in the country that’s fought harder to make sure our elections didn’t have corporate dollars in them.” (Great Falls Tribune, 02/22/2015)
  • We should have elections, not auctions. We should have public servants – not elected officials beholden to some special interest and their secret money. (State of the State, 01/28/2015)

Well, Bernie’s in for a rude awakening when he finds out that Bullock sold himself out to the corporate special interests– raising tens of millions of dollars in corporate and dark money and exploiting loopholes to funnel this money into Montana– in an all-out effort to save his re-election campaign:

  • Bullock’s exploiting contribution limits to launder corporate and dark money into his campaign.
  • Bullock raised $30 million– mostly from corporate donations– last year as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA).
  • Bullock raised $5 million in dark money while serving as DGA Chair.
  • Bullock has taken almost $80,000 in special-interest PAC money.

For all Bullocks’ anti-corporate rhetoric, he has cozied up real close to the corporate special interests. Bernie wouldn’t be too proud of Bullock if he knew how he conducts himself behind closed doors. Bullock has put his trust in the hands of the corporate special interests– not Montanans.

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More emails were released last Friday that shed light on the falling out between Governor Bullock and former Lt. Governor Angela McLean. Those emails now confirm that the source of their falling out can be traced to a December 2014 conversation between Bullock and McLean.

Now, neither Bullock nor McLean will comment on this meeting or what was discussed but there’s little doubt that a bombshell was dropped.

What else explains how their professional relationship deteriorated so rapidly or why Bullock worked so aggressively to isolate and eventually force out McLean.

How did things get so bad so fast? In May 2014, Bullock described McLean as “LG extraordinaire,” and only a month before their falling out, McLean called Bullock: “The greatest Governor Ever in the Milky Way.

What happened between Bullock and McLean? Why are BOTH Bullock and McLean refusing to talk about their falling out? What could have possibly happened between Bullock and McLean during that December conversation to cause such a complete breakdown in their professional relationship?


KXLH:
Bullock releases private emails; sheds little new light on McLean departure (05/06/2016)

Gov. Steve Bullock Friday released nearly 400 pages of emails from his private account, revealing more details about his schism with former Lt. Gov. Angela McLean.

But the emails primarily confirmed what the Bullock administration and previously released email documents from state accounts revealed last December: That the pair had a falling out, which led to Bullock considering whether to find a new running mate in 2016 and freezing McLean out of key meetings and initiatives.

One of the emails released Friday, from McLean to Bullock, seemed to pinpoint what sparked the souring of their professional relationship: A “conversation in December” 2014.

Bullock, however, declined to discuss the subject of that conversation and McLean also declined to comment.

Read more here: http://www.kxlh.com/story/31910779/release-of-more-gov-emails-show-details-of-bullock-mclean-rift

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Helena, MT- Chairman Jeff Essmann of the Montana Republican Party expressed his sorrow at the news that former Senator Conrad Burns passed away Thursday afternoon:

“Conrad loved his adopted home state of Montana and Montana Republicans loved him and his wonderful wife Phyllis. When talking about Montana, Conrad always said he got here as fast as he could. We will miss him deeply now that he is no longer with us.”

“Senator Burns was very committed to the success of Montana and its people. He was a colorful figure who loved people, politics, and to serve. He brought a common man, common sense approach to his work in the Senate and returned to his home in Billings when his work was done.”

“Conrad always worked to unite and strengthen the Montana Republican Party. The last time I saw him was just a couple of weeks ago at an event for all our statewide candidates, loyal right up to the end, supporting the cause. I offer my sincerest condolences to Phyllis and the Burns family. The thoughts of many Montanans are with them.”

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