Bullock: Montanans WON’T Decide the Election

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.




Bernie & Bullock’s Awkward Moment

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.




Bullock Shows True Colors, Hosts Anti-Coal Dark Money Fundraiser

Governor Bullock will host a dark money fundraiser in Big Sky this weekend with special guest Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a man hell-bent on phasing out his state’s access to Montana’s affordable coal-generated electricity and who is actively working to shut down Colstrip.

In fact, a bill sits on the Washington Gov.’s desk awaiting his signaturewhich he is on record supporting– that will end his state’s use of all coal-generated electricity from Colstrip. With Colstrip being a major supplier of affordable electricity to 1.5 million Washington customers, this bill will move Colstrip one step closer to shuttering its doors.

Bullock’s prioritizing campaign money over Montana workers by fundraising with Governor Inslee. Bullock’s association with Inslee proves he would rather take money from this anti-coal crusader then defend and fight for our workers. Montanans can’t trust Bullock to protect their jobs when he’s raising money from this job-killing, anti-coal Governor.

Bullock and Inslee’s War On Coal will devastate Montana: 7,000 workers will be out of a job, our economy will take a $1.5 billion hit, and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue will be eliminated– this is critical money that funds infrastructure and school projects for our local communities and Tribal Nations.

It’s no coincidence Bullock teamed-up with the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) to host this dark money fundraiser– this is the same group he worked at for the last 2 years raising and spending millions in dark money to influence elections.

Bullock’s showing his true colors with his anti-coal, dark money fundraiser. All Montana workers should be asking themselves how they can count on Bullock to defend their jobs when he’s raising enormous sums of money with a Governor who wants to end the use of coal, kill our jobs, and wreak havoc on our economy.

P.S. – You too can join Governor Bullock this weekend in Big Sky if you are willing to pay $250,000 to become a Founder’s Circle member or if you can’t afford that, you can pay $100,000 to be a Chairman’s Board member. Your donations to Bullock will remain anonymous– Montanans will never know the source or amount of dark money you contributed to Bullock’s re-election campaign.




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!




Las Vegas. New York City. What a Weekend for Bullock!

Governor Bullock is traveling to Las Vegas today to attend a 2-day retreat at the posh Four Seasons resort, and then heads to New York City later this weekend for the Democratic Governors Association’s “Holiday Party and Annual Meeting” to celebrate the millions of dark money he’s raised to influence elections and to tap into even more dark money for his re-election battle next year.

There’s no getting around that Bullock had a very bad week with the stunning revelation that his own Lt. Gov. resigned, but it’s quite telling after being absent from Montana for most of the week that he would then jet-set off to Las Vegas and New York City.

Bullock must be so desperate to raise even more dark money to boost his re-election campaign after his former Lt. Gov. resigned over a “falling out.”

There’s just no limit to the amount of dark money Bullock is willing to raise. A recent report discovered Bullock has amassed over a $3 million dark money war-chest, with his dark money travels taking him to Louisville, KY; Nantucket, MA; Aspen, CO; Washington DC; White Sulphur Springs, WV; and Whitefish, MT.

Bullock continues to mislead Montanans, touting himself as an outspoken critic of dark money while at the very same time raising and spending millions of dark money.

In fact, Bullock has spent over $1 million in dark money in Pennsylvania attacking Republicans and promoting their Democrat governor– despite promising Montanans: Dark money won’t be spent to influence elections.”

Bullock is also traveling the country calling for full disclosure of all dark money checks yet refuses to disclose where his $3 million dark money checks came from. It’s truly the height of hypocrisy for Bullock to demand full disclosure from everyone but himself.

Bullock’s continued absence from Montana this week shows a Governor with misplaced priorities. It’s quite concerning Bullock would prioritize his need for more dark money at a time like this. Does Bullock really think the solution to his problems is to raise even more dark money?




Chairman Essmann Statement on Bullock’s Loss to ‘The Year of the Outsider’

Helena, MT – Chairman Jeff Essmann of the Montana Republican Party released the following statement on Governor Bullock’s record as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), which now includes losing two Governor’s races in addition to raising at least $3 million in dark money:

As Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), Governor Bullock had one job: Win the competitive Governor’s races in the 2015 election. But, he suffered a staggering defeat last night.

I believe Bullock foreshadowed his own loss next year when he blamed the Democrats’ defeat on ‘the year of the outsider,’ because voters are tired of an agenda that only seeks to empower and grow government– not help better the lives of our families and children. People are looking for outsiders, and insider politicians like Bullock have failed them.

Bullock’s so-called leadership here in Montana has allowed incompetence to run rampant in his administration and he has failed to improve our salaries and wages, which rank near the bottom of the nation.

Republicans will have great momentum going into 2016 because Montanans are looking for proven leaders who can deliver results and provide greater opportunities for our families. We need a Republican Governor who will create high-paying jobs so our kids can stay and raise their families’ right here in Montana. I believe Montana Republicans will continue to expand on our victories in 2016.




What is Bullock Hiding? Dark Money Fundraiser … Dark Money Haul …

It was reported Governor Bullock is bringing his dark money group to Whitefish, Montana this weekend to plot how he can raise more dark money and funnel his dark money into Montana for his re-election.

The report also verifies Bullock raised $3 million in dark money.

Bullock won’t acknowledge his dark money or speak to the issue: “Governor Bullock wouldn’t talk to us on camera for this story.
                                                            
Bullock doesn’t want to face reality: He’s raising and spending millions in dark money after preaching against the evils of dark money his entire career.

Bullock lives a double life when it comes to dark money. Here at home he has no problem condemning dark money but then he travels out-of-state and raises and spends millions in dark money.

It gets worse …

Bullock promised: “Dark money won’t be spent to influence elections.

Except, Bullock used his dark money group to spend over $1 million in Pennsylvania to attack Republicans and promote the Democrat Governor, influencing eventual elections.

Bullock also demanded every dark money group in the country “tell us where the check comes from”– quite hypocritical given Bullock won’t disclose who bankrolled his millions in dark money.

It’s only a matter of time before Governor Bullock’s dark money shows up here in Montana to help with his re-election. Bullock doesn’t want to talk about his dark money but Montanans deserve to know the truth: Bullock is raising and spending millions in dark money for his own personal benefit.




MTGOP VIDEO: Where Did Bullock’s Dark Money Checks Come From?

The Montana Republican Party today released the following video, “Where Did Bullock’s Dark Money Checks Come From?” highlighting Governor Bullock’s efforts demanding transparency from everyone but himself when it comes to dark money in elections. Bullock’s appalling level of hypocrisy knows no bounds as he denies raising dark money despite raising over $4 million in dark money this year as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA). Bullock refuses to tell Montanans the source of his dark money, so in the words of the Governor: “Just tell us where the check comes from!”

Where Did Bullock’s Dark Money Checks Come From?
Click here to view the video.


Background:

Bullock raised $17 million for the DGA this year but only disclosed around $13 million.

The remaining $4 million is unaccounted for– this represents Bullock’s dark money haul.

Bullock raised over $4 million in dark money and refuses to say who wrote his dark money checks.




Gov. Hypocrite ALERT: Bullock Blasts Dark Money in Aspen; Raised $4M in Dark Money

Governor Bullock attended a Summer Policy Conference in Aspen, Colorado this past weekend as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), and participated in a conversation about the role of dark money in our political system. During this discussion, Bullock continues his hypocritical charges of railing against dark money while raising and spending this very same dark money to influence elections. Bullock’s remarks can be viewed here; quotes below start at 4:00.

RHETORIC: Bullock Calls for Dark Money Transparency

“If you want to spend money to influence the elections
just tells us where the check comes from.”

The voter ought to at least know who’s writing that check.

 

REALITY: Bullock Raises Over $4 Million in Dark Money

Bullock raised $17 million for the DGA in the first half of 2015 but he only disclosed around $13 million.

The remaining $4 million is unaccounted for and represents the amount of dark money Bullock raised so far this year.

Bullock refuses to reveal the sources and amounts of his dark money.

 

RHETORIC: Bullock Blasts Use of Dark Money Groups

Nobody knows who’s spending all this money because they do it through 501(c)(4)’s and others.”

REALITY: Bullock Uses Dark Money Group; Spends $1 Million to Attack PA Republicans, Boost Dem Gov

Bullock’s dark money organization has now spent over $1 million in attack-ads against Pennsylvania Republicans to help set-up his fellow Democrat Governor for re-election.

America Works has already spent more than $1 million on TV, radio and mailings.
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 07/26/2015)

Organizations are what the IRS calls 501(c)(4) entities — nonprofits that can engage in political activity without identifying donors, as traditional political campaigns must do. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 07/26/2015)

America Works USA is allied with the Democratic Governors Association, which like its Republican counterpart has used a 501(c)(4) to wage state battles across the country. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 07/26/2015)




Bullock Raises Over $4 Million in Dark Money for DGA

Governor Bullock announced today that as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), he raised $17 million during the first half of 2015, including over $4 million in undisclosed, unlimited corporate cash– the same cash Bullock publicly condemns and tells Montanans he’s fighting against.

Governor Bullock’s appalling level of hypocrisy is on full display today after it was revealed he raised over $4 million in dark money.” said Jeff Essmann, Chairman of the MTGOP. Bullock actively misleads Montanans telling us he is fighting dark money while in actuality he is raising and spending this very same cash for the benefit of his party and himself. Montanans deserve to have a Governor they can trust to keep his word even when it’s not convenient.”

Bullock’s dark money organization has now spent over $1 million in attack-ads against Pennsylvania Republicans to help set-up his fellow Democrat Governor for re-election.

The DGA has held fundraising events this year at the Kentucky Derby, in Dallas with Vice President Biden, Greenwich, CT, Nantucket, MA, White Sulphur Springs, WV, and this weekend in Aspen, CO. Bullock refuses to tell Montanans if he’s attending these events and how much dark money he raised. Bullock should release his travel schedule so Montanans know when he’s attending to his other job raising dark money.

After Bullock became Chairman of the DGA, he promised to change their dark money policy and “fully disclose all of its donors.” Bullock’s pledge has been nothing more than a broken promise.