Chairman Essmann Statement on AG Tim Fox’s Re-Election

Helena, Montana – Chairman Jeff Essmann of the Montana Republican Party issued the following statement today after Attorney General Tim Fox filed for re-election:

“I believe having a strong Republican leader in the Attorney General’s office has had a positive impact for Montana and the country and is essential in order to protect our economy. Montana needs Attorney General Tim Fox to keep fighting against the Obama administration’s vast overreach and protect us from the abuse of power we have seen from this lawless president. You can always count on Tim to defend our property, our guns, and our way of life, and to fight for hardworking Montanans.”

“Tim has stood up and defended Montanans from President Obama’s unconstitutional water power grab- threatening the rights of farmers, ranchers, and all property owners- successfully pushed back against Obama’s ammo ban, achieved a critical victory against Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty order, and is currently fighting President Obama and the EPA’s job-killing energy regulations that threaten to bring great devastation and harm to Montana workers, families, and communities.”

“We need Tim in the Attorney General’s office now more than ever to continue the fight against President Obama and all assaults from the progressive liberal agenda that threatens our Montana way of life.”


Chairman Essmann on Greg Gianforte’s Run for Governor

Helena, MT – Chairman Jeff Essmann of the Montana Republican Party released the following statement today after Greg Gianforte announced he’s running for Governor:

“Greg enters the race for Governor as a successful businessman who grew his small hi-tech startup into Bozeman’s largest commercial employer and created hundreds of good, high-paying Montana jobs. Greg joins our impressive slate of strong conservative leaders running for statewide and federal office who are fighting to better the lives of hardworking Montanans.”

I am confident that the Republican nominee for Governor will go on to defeat Governor Bullock in November because Bullock has failed to lead on the critical issues facing Montanans. Under Bullock’s leadership, Montana continues to rank 49th in incomes which forces too many of our kids to leave home to find a decent job and raise their family. The livelihoods of thousands of Montana workers and their families are threatened by Obama’s job-killing energy agenda and Bullock is failing to fully stand up and defend these Montana jobs. Lastly, Bullock’s liberal record prioritizes more government– not creating good, high-paying Montana jobs and expanding opportunities for Montana workers and families.”

“Bullock’s campaign slogan should be: ‘Government First– Montana Workers Last.’”

“One advantage for Bullock’s re-election chances is that he spent the last two years as Chairman and Finance Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), jet-setting to out-of-state fundraisers raising millions of dollars of corporate cash and dark money for his own political benefit. It’s only a matter of time until this money finds its way into Montana to boost his re-election. Montanans deserve to know why Bullock spent so much time decrying and claiming to fight the influence of corporate cash and dark money in our elections, and then tried to hide his efforts raising that very same money. Bullock says one thing but does the other when he thinks Montanans aren’t looking. That’s not what Montanans want in the way of honest leadership.”


Nearly 200 Jobs Eliminated as Obama’s War on Coal Impacts Montana

Nearly 200 Montana workers had their good-paying jobs eliminated in the last two weeks because of the devastating impact of Obama’s job-killing energy agenda. President Obama’s commitment to end the use of Montana’s affordable, clean, and reliable energy is bringing great harm to our workers and their families.

A Montana coal mine recently cut 66 good-paying jobseliminating 20 percent of its workforce.

In Yellowstone County, two of their largest railroad companies eliminated 19 family wage jobs.

The Crow Tribe announced approximately 100 of their members will be furloughed– affecting 25 percent of their workers. Chairman Darrin Old Coyote placed the blame squarely on Obama’s War on Coal: “Our bread and butter is coal. A war on coal is a war on Crow families.

Montanans are living the real life consequences of Obama’s disastrous job-killing energy agenda.

Bullock Won’t Fight Back | Montana Faces Thousands of Layoffs

Governor Bullock continues to stand by and watch as good-paying Montana jobs are eliminated. Bullock simply refuses to fight for the livelihoods of our workers and their families. We need a Governor who will stand against Obama’s job-killing energy agenda now more than ever because these recent layoffs are just the beginning …

A recent study from the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research found Obama’s job-killing energy regulations will likely shut down the Colstrip power plant and eliminate over 7,000 good-paying Montana jobs.

Threats from Washington and Oregon

Montana’s coal industry face additional threats from Washington and Oregon.  Both Washington and Oregon are considering legislation that will likely lead to the shutdown of Colstrip and end the use of importing our affordable, coal-generated electricity to power their homes. These pieces of legislation pose a serious threat to all the good-paying Montana jobs supported by our coal industry.

No Carbon Emission Reductions

What gets lost in this debate is that the U.S. could shut down all its coal-energy plants and global carbon emissions would only be reduced by less than 1 percent because of the carbon emissions released from China and India.

It’s also not being taken into account that Montana has the cleanest coal in the world and our coal-energy plants are already cleaner and more efficient than most other coal-energy plants in the country.

Why are the livelihoods of thousands of Montana workers and their families being put at risk when President Obama, Governor Bullock, and the Democratic Party won’t even achieve their goal of global carbon emission reductions?

Elect Republican Governor

It’s time to elect a Governor who will fight for our workers and their families. Governor Bullock lacks the will to get the job done. This November, if Montanans elect a Republican Governor alongside a Republican President they can undue Obama’s job-killing energy agenda and protect our workers and families.

Bullock VETOED Bill to Protect Us From Obama’s Firearm Power Grab

Governor Bullock responded to President Obama’s illegal firearm power grab by saying it’s “too important for the president to circumvent Congress with the stroke of a pen.”

Bullock is trying to have it both ways. Bullock was given the opportunity to protect Montanans’ Second Amendment rights but instead VETOED legislation that would have prevented Montana from enforcing a firearm power grab, like the one announced by Obama earlier this week.

When Bullock VETOED the legislation he called it “completely unnecessary.” 

The legislation would have protected Montanans from Obama’s recent firearm power grab and any future federal firearm ban from a constitutionally ignorant president or by legislation from a Democrat-controlled Congress.

The legislation defined a federal ban as a “federal law or executive order enacted or signed on or after January 1, 2015, that prohibits, restricts, or requires individual licensure for ownership, possession, transfer, or use of any firearm.

Obama’s power grab restricts Montanans’ access to firearms because it requires nearly universal background checks and “applies to anyone ‘in the business’ of selling firearms”– including private sales between family and friends.

Bullock owes Montanans an explanation as to why he VETOED legislation that protects Montanans’ Second Amendment rights. Bullock’s not committed to defending Montanans’ right to keep and bear arms. This November we have an opportunity to elect a Republican Governor who will stand with our Republican elected officials and protect Montanans’ from this assault on our way of life.


Bullock VETOED HB 203 in 2015 and a nearly identical bill HB 302 in 2013 that prevents enforcement of a federal ban or restriction on access to firearms.



Bullock will allow un-vetted Syrian refugees to relocate to Montana despite Sen. Daines, Rep. Zinke, and 55 Montana state lawmakers calling on Bullock to put the safety and security of Montanans first.

  • Fifty-five of Montana’s Republican state lawmakers have signed a letter asking Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock to “use all legal means” to refuse placement of Syrian refugees in Montana. (KXLH, 11/24/2015)
  • [Bullock] said he won’t block any Syrian refugees out-of-hand. (KXLH, 11/24/2015)
  • Republicans – and some Democrats – in Congress have called for increased scrutiny of Syrian refugees. Montana’s two GOP members of Congress, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke, have asked Bullock to resist settling any Syrians in Montana until “a vastly improved background check protocol” is put in place. (KXLH, 11/24/2015)


Bullock’s failed leadership highlighted again when he denied Montanans an infrastructure bill with his “my way or the highway” approach and demanded we go into debt to finance his spending | FLASHBACK: Bullock VETOES critical infrastructure bill for Eastern Montana in 2013.

  • Republican leaders said the Bullock administration refused to negotiate any changes in SB416 during the past few days, and wouldn’t budge. (Lee Newspapers, 04/28/2015)
  • “The word from the (governor) … was, `This is it, take it or leave it,’” said Sen. Eric Moore, R-Miles City. “That’s been a fairly common theme from the (governor) this session: Take it or leave it. When you take that stance, bills are going to die.” (Lee Newspapers, 04/28/2015)
  • Senate Bill 416 needed a super-majority of votes in each house because it authorized the state to go into debt by issuing bonds for some funding. (Lee Newspapers, 05/02/2015)
  • Bullock rejected a bill in 2013 that would have provided $45 million over four years for public works projects in oil and gas countryThat veto likely remains his most controversial decision as governor. (Lee Newspapers, 05/02/2015)


Bullock VETOED three tax relief and simplification bills that would have returned hard-earned tax dollars to Montana families and small businesses, all so he could increase government spending.

  • Three Republican tax relief bills have died at the pen of Montana’s Democratic governor this year. (AP, 05/07/2015)
  • The state House and Senate GOP caucuses touted tax cuts as a high priority for the 2015 session, but every major tax initiative that was passed out of the Republican-controlled Legislature has been vetoed by Gov. Steve Bullock. (AP, 05/07/2015)
  • I hope that everyone recognizes the governor’s move on SB 171 for what it really is, adherence to an ideology,” Senate President Debby Barrett, R-Dillon, said in a statement. (AP, 05/07/2015)
  • Barrett called Montana’s current tax system convoluted and said the final of three Republican tax relief bills would have improved the state’s business climate. (AP, 05/07/2015)


Bullock VETOED two critical Second Amendment bills that would: (1) Prevent Montana from enforcing a future firearm-ban from President Obama, another constitutionally ignorant president, or a Democrat-controlled Congress; and (2) Allow law-abiding Montanans the right to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.

  • Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday vetoed a pair of Republican-sponsored gun rights bills, including one that would allow almost any adult to carry a concealed weapon in Montana without a permit. (Lee Newspapers, 03/27/2015)
  • Bullock also vetoed HB203, which would prohibit any state or local officials in Montana from enforcing any future federal restrictions on gun or weapon magazine ownership. (Lee Newspapers, 03/27/2015)


Under Bullock, Montana has lost– in 2015 alone – over 500 good-paying jobs supported by our timber industry.

  • Approximately 500 jobs supported by Montana’s wood products industry have dried up this year alone. (Missoulian, 10/13/2015)
  • There are currently no mills in the state running two full shifts, something that was unthinkable two decades ago. (Missoulian, 10/13/2015)
  • Timber mills employ approximately 7,000 people in Montana, and 235 mill workers have been laid off this year. Another 280 jobs that were indirectly supported by the timber industry have also been lost. (Missoulian, 10/13/2015)
  • So we are down a good 500 jobs this year alone … That’s a pretty big loss.” (Missoulian, 10/13/2015)


Bullock’s compliance with Obama’s job-killing energy regulations will likely shut down Colstrip and eliminate over 7,000 Montana jobs. 

  • The Obama administration’s plan to cut carbon emissions likely will lead to closure of all four coal-fired power plants in Colstrip in southeastern Montana, a University of Montana economist said Wednesday – and thus deal a huge blow to Montana’s economy. (KXLH, 11/18/2015)
  • Closing the coal-fired plants in Colstrip would reverberate across the state, he said, costing 7,000 jobs, $500 million a year of income and another $190 million in state-and-local tax revenue. (KXLH, 11/18/2015)


Under Bullock’s leadership, Montana ranks 49th in wages and salaries– forcing many of our kids to leave home to find a good-paying job so they can make a decent living and provide for their family.

  • In the group’s most recent report on tax return data by state and county, Montana ranked 49th — just above Mississippi and right below New Mexico — for wages and salaries reported in tax returns, with Montanans earning an average of $33,180 annually. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 04/12/2015)


Auditors found Bullock’s incompetence led to 125 significant accounting errors, with many errors individually amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars | Mismanagement led to first adverse report ever issued on Montana’s finances 

  • We communicated over 125 significant items … Many of those amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars in error.” (MTPR, 06/24/2015)
  • Lawmakers on the Audit Committee voiced harsh reaction to the many errors auditors found in the state’s financial statement. This is Huntley Republican Senator Taylor Brown.  “When I first read this, I thought this was extraordinary, but when I hear you say that this is the first time you’ve ever seen this kind of adverse opinion and this material and pervasive report, I’m quite concerned about that.” (MTPR, 06/24/2015)
  • Republican Dee Brown of Hungry Horse agreed. “We haven’t seen a report like this, and it’s very disturbing to we who have been on this committee to see this.” (MTPR, 06/24/2015)
  • She pointed to one estimate of the state’s liability for infrastructure needs, the report pegged the amount as $1.2 billion, but auditors revised downward to just over $200 million; a billion dollar mistake. (MTPR, 06/24/2015)


Gov. Hypocrite Bullock jet-setted around the country to raise dark money and unlimited corporate cash– while at the same time publicly condemning both types of money | Planned NYC getaway to avoid answering questions about McLean’s departure.

  • State Republicans called Bullock a “hypocrite” for criticizing the influence of corporate and “dark money” in campaigns, yet chairing the DGA while it raises both types of funds. (KXLH, 12/07/2015)
  • The DGA raised about $17 million during the first six months of this year, including an estimated $3 million for a nonprofit that does not have to report the details on its spending or donors – so-called dark money. (KXLH, 12/07/2015)
  • The Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported that donors had to give the DGA at least $250,000 to get into the fundraiser at the NFL football game. (KXLH, 12/07/2015)
  • DGA officials didn’t confirm Monday which fundraising events Bullock attended while he was in New York for the annual meeting. (KXLH, 12/07/2015)
  • Montana Gov. Steve Bullock … attended DGA fundraising events in Louisville, Ky., Nantucket, Mass., Aspen, Colo., Washington, D.C., and White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. (KXLH, 09/17/2015)


McLean unexpectedly resigned over a falling out with Bullock– details remain sparse | Why won’t Bullock tell Montanans the truth? What’s Bullock hiding?

  • Bullock and Parker said the governor did not believe McLean could be happy in her job, according to a message she sent from her private email account to Bullock’s private account on Oct. 2. (AP, 12/15/2015)
  • After the Oct. 1 meeting, Parker called McLean and told her to imagine a workplace if she stayed in her post, but Bullock took away her initiatives and her ability to serve the people of Montana, she wrote in the email. (AP, 12/15/2015)
  • Three days later, Parker told McLean that the governor wanted her in a “more traditional” lieutenant governor role and that her policy initiatives would be handled by other administration staff, she said in an Oct. 6 email to Bullock’s state email account. (AP, 12/15/2015)
  • Subsequent emails describe McLean being excluded from administration meetings, being locked out of her official Twitter account and having her appointments with Bullock canceled. They include reprimands by Chief of Staff Tracy Stone-Manning for tweeting about Denise Juneau’s U.S. House bid and for a lengthy introduction of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez during his Montana visit in October. (AP, 12/15/2015)

Lee Newspaper Editor calls out Bullock for hiding the truth about what led to the falling out with his former Lt. Gov.

  • There’s a gap there. There’s obviously a gap between her account of what took place and the fact that you felt her frustration was disruptive. I mean, there’s something else there.” (YouTube: Independent Record, 12/16/2015)

Bullock’s Rough Week Indeed | Montana Standard Blasts Bullock for Refusing to Talk

The Montana Standard is having none of Governor Bullock’s refusal to answer questions about the falling out between him and the Lt. Gov. nearly three weeks after her abrupt departure.

The Montana Standard blasted Bullock for not providing straightforward answers about this situation. They wrote, “The refusal to answer direct questions in matters important to Montana citizens is troubling,” and noted that when it comes to Bullock telling the truth, “The answers have been sparse and sideways.”

They know something isn’t adding up here and have called on Bullock to tell Montanans the truth about what really happened.

This brutal editorial comes on the heels of Bullock cancelling his appearance on Voices of Montana (VOM) yesterday after his own Communications Director called-in to say that Bullock was having a “rough week” and wouldn’t be able to make it on the show.

Bullock also faced pushback on Wednesday from a Lee Newspapers editor who called-out Bullock for not telling Montanans the full story on the falling out: “There’s a gap there. There’s obviously a gap … there’s something else there.

Rough week indeed.

Bullock No Show on VOM; Lee Editor Thinks Bullock’s Hiding Something

Governor Bullock cancelled his appearance on Voices of Montana (VOM) this morning after his Communications Director called in to say he was having a rough week.”

No kidding. Bullock’s former Lt. Gov. suddenly and unexpectedly resigned over two weeks ago and speculation continues to swirl over what really happened between her and the Governor. So far, Bullock has avoided telling Montanans the truth about what led to their falling out.

What’s also strange about Bullock’s cancellation on VOM this morning is that for most of this week he was on a “whirlwind tour of the state with meetings scheduled with six members of the media, mostly newspapers and radio.” So, Bullock had no problem meeting with a number of other Montana media outlets this week but then decided to cancel on Voices of Montana this morning? It’s strange.

Maybe the walls are closing in on Governor Bullock …

Bullock sat down with the Editorial Boards of the Independent Record and Montana Standard yesterday and spent most of his time dodging questions and avoiding explaining what led to the complete breakdown between him and his former Lt. Gov.

One of the editors pushed back on Bullock for not being forthcoming about the situation. The editor knew something wasn’t adding up and that Bullock wasn’t telling the full story: “There’s a gap there. There’s obviously a gap between her account of what took place and the fact that you felt her frustration was disruptive. I mean, there’s something else there.”

There’s a gap there. There’s obviously a gap … there’s something else there.

How can Montanans trust Bullock when he’s not being honest with them? What led to the falling out between Bullock and his former Lt. Gov.?

Montanans deserve to know the truth.

FACT CHECK: Bullock Misleads Montanans Over Departure of Former Lt. Gov. McLean

Governor Bullock is having a hard time telling Montanans the truth about Lt. Gov. Angela McLean’s sudden departure. Bullock said he never talked about McLean leaving the ticket when recent emails reveal that they did discuss her place on the ticket. Bullock also claimed he was surprised by McLean’s departure but is now changing his story. Bullock is having a hard-time keeping his story straight. His actions highlight a pattern of hiding the truth from Montanans.

Why won’t Bullock tell Montanans the truth? What started the dispute between the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor almost a year ago?

The Billings Gazette in a brutal editorial this morning asked: “What’s really going on in Montana governor’s office?” They note the complete lack of trust and transparency from Governor Bullock over the series of events that led to the resignation of his former Lt. Gov. The Billings Gazette stated that Bullock’s failure to be forthcoming with Montanans “suggest there’s plenty of rumors, speculation and discord. In other words, where there’s smoke, there’s almost always fire.

The Billings Gazette asked the important questions that Montanans deserve to know from Governor Bullock: “How can we trust the Bullock administration to appoint good leaders, and how can we have faith that the answers given aren’t just spin?”

They concluded with, “We have to trust our governor, and this most recent episode should leave Montanans yearning to rebuild credibility, trust and transparency.

CLAIM #1: Bullock ‘NEVER’ Spoke with McLean about Leaving Ticket

  • The governor said he never spoke with McLean about leaving the ticket next year. (KXLH, 12/02/2015)
  • I didn’t have any conversations with her saying that she wouldn’t be on the ticket next time.” (Bullock Press Interview, 5:00)

FACT: Emails CONFIRM Bullock Spoke with McLean about Leaving Ticket

McLean Email to Bullock on May 28, 2015:

  • In a May 28 email from McLean to the governor, she said she remained “100 percent committed to going forward together,” but that she knew there had been talk “since early this year” about finding a new running mate. (KXLH, 12/11/2015)

McLean Email to Bullock on Oct. 2, 2015:

  • On Sunday we met and both you and Dave Parker indicated you did not believe I could be happy in my job. I indicated that the best path forward was for a ticket with you and me going forward.  (KXLH, 12/11/2015)
  • Yesterday we met again and I again indicated the best path forward was a Bullock McLean ticket. (KXLH, 12/11/2015)

McLean Email on Oct. 11, 2015:

  • I asked the Governor two Sundays ago to indicate to me personally whether I would be on the ticket or not. (KXLH, 12/11/2015)


CLAIM #2: Bullock REFUSED to Answer if Staff Spoke about McLean Departure

  • The governor said he never spoke with McLean about leaving the ticket next year, but didn’t answer whether his staff had talked about it. (KXLH, 12/02/2015)

FACT: Emails CONFIRM Bullock’s Staff Spoke about McLean Departure

  • Bullock staffers confirmed they had discussed early this year whether McLean would remain on the ticket, because of numerous disputes over how she did her job as lieutenant governor. (KXLH, 12/11/2015)
  • “Following our meeting, I received a call from (staffer) Dave Parker whereby he asked me to imagine a workplace if I stayed in my post, but the governor took away my initiatives and my ability to serve the citizens of Montana,” McLean wrote to the governor in an Oct. 2 email. (KXLH, 12/11/2015)


CLAIM #3: Bullock SURPRISED by McLean Announcement

  • Crowe says Bullock found out when McLean called him Monday morning. (AP, 11/30/2015)
  • Bullock: “I more or less learned about today.” (Bullock Press Interview, 6:40)


  • It was not necessarily a surprise, just a surprise that morning” when McLean called Bullock to tell him she had been offered, and accepted, the job. (Missoulian, 12/11/2015)
  • McLean foreshadowed her departure with a Facebook post on Nov. 24, 2016: “Yesterday was the last public event on my calendar for a long time.” (Facebook, 11/24/2016)

ICYMI: Editorial Boards Blast Bullock’s Handling of Lt. Gov.’s Departure; Call for Transparency

The Montana Editorial Boards yesterday blasted Governor Bullock’s secrecy over the reason behind his former Lt. Gov.’s sudden and unexpected resignation, and called on Bullock to show more transparency then when he selected– behind closed-doors and out of public view– John Walsh to the Senate in 2014. The Editorial Boards noted that Bullock would be wise to learn from his past mistake– shutting Montanans out of the selection process– and bring transparency when choosing his third Lt. Gov.

An IR View: Public deserves transparency in Lt. Gov. search

This is not the first time Bullock has had to look for a new lieutenant governor, as he has already had two people fill the office since he took over as governor in 2013. He has also had the responsibility of filling other prominent political offices, including the U.S. Senate seat Max Baucus left in 2014.

With John Walsh’s appointment to the U.S. Senate, Bullock declined multiple attempts by several media outlets to discuss the process he would undertake in looking for a replacement for Baucus.

By going through the appointment process behind closed doors, Bullock effectively shut the public out from what should have been an open process. What would be the harm in discussing qualifications that make a good appointee or opening up the search to all Montanans who felt they had the ability and desire to serve? Bullock has been widely criticized for putting a veil of secrecy over that hiring process, and we’re hoping he has learned from that experience.

We believe the public has a right to know the process Bullock is using in making this important decision, and he needs to be honest with us about what he’s looking for in a lieutenant governor and how he is vetting candidates.

GAZETTE OPINION: Montana’s next lieutenant governor should have a real job

The Montana lieutenant governor is elected for a term of four years, same as the governor. But the tenure of our state’s lieutenant governors has been much shorter since Steve Bullock became governor.

After the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education announced that it had hired Angela McLean, Bullock made the incredible statement that he didn’t know she was taking that new job. Either Bullock is out of touch or he doesn’t want to talk about why his second lieutenant governor jumped (or was pushed) from the ship of state.

Considering his three-year track record, Bullock would do well to vet his next candidate in public before making the final selection. If the glare of publicity and politics is more than the candidate wants to bear before being appointed, he or she may not last till the end of Bullock’s term a year from now.

After week-long absence is Bullock finally ready to do his job?

Governor Bullock returned to Montana yesterday from his dark money fundraisers after a nearly week-long absence that included getaways to Texas, Las Vegas, and NYC.

Bullock’s absence for most of last week was quite unusual given the news that his own former Lt. Gov. suddenly resigned over a “falling out”- raising questions if Bullock was dodging reporters …

Bullock camped out in Texas for the beginning of last week before returning to Montana for a day or so.

When Bullock was briefly in Montana, he decided it wasn’t worth showing up at the Montana Grain Growers Association Conference in Great Falls despite being in Great Falls on that very same day.  Apparently, Bullock didn’t think attending this agricultural event was that important.

Bullock then hopped on a plane to Las Vegas for a retreat at the Four Seasons resort, where he decided to wade into the national security debate over the best way to protect Montanans. Yet, Bullock had nothing to say about his support for Obama’s plan to relocate un-vetted refugees here. Remember, Bullock “won’t block any Syrian refugees” that want to re-settle in Montana.

To cap off the week, Bullock jet-setted to the Big Apple to attend one of the Democratic Governors Association’s (DGA) biggest dark money fundraisers of the year.

While reports confirmed Bullock’s attendance, he masked his dark money travels as “DGA officials didn’t confirm Monday which fundraising events Bullock attended while he was in New York for the annual meeting.”

Bullock put quite the price tag on the cost of attending his dark money events.

One event–  attending the New York Jets-Giants game on Sunday– required donors to fork over to the “DGA at least $250,000 to get into the fundraiser.”

Not to worry, if you couldn’t afford Bullock’s $250,000 price tag there were other dark money events you could attend- ranging from a mere $10,000 to $100,000. These dark money events included a “Late Night with the DGA” at the Diamond Horseshoe Club in the Times Square area and a VIP Reception & Holiday Party at the Gotham Hall on Broadway.

One can only image how much dark money Bullock brought in for his re-election next year with this NYC trip …

From what reports have confirmed, Bullock has amassed over a $3 million dark money war-chest during the first 6 months of the year and likely raised millions more in dark money during the remainder of the year.

Now that Bullock has finally returned to Montana, we hope he can set aside his need for dark money and do his job as Governor, and also find a new Lt. Gov. …

P.S. – We hope Bullock didn’t forget his duffel bags full of dark money at the Helena airport like he did last year. Yikes!