Steve Bullock on Government Reform



Primary allows spending $667K instead of returning it

Gov. Steve Bullock picked up a primary challenger for the June 7 elections, a former Democratic legislator who donated to the governor's re-election campaign before deciding to run against him.

Bill McChesney's entry into the race allows Bullock to spend $666,642 in campaign contributions he has in the bank earmarked for the primary. He has already spent nearly $136,000 in campaign funds meant for the primary election. State law requires candidates to return the money if they run unopposed.

"Steve welcomes others into the race and looks forward to earning the nomination and then a second term so he can continue to move Montana forward," Bullock's campaign manager said in a statement.

Bullock's campaign has been singularly focused on defeating Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate and Bozeman tech entrepreneur, in November's general election. Gianforte does not have a primary opponent.

Source: The Missoulian on 2016 Montana gubernatorial race , Mar 11, 2016

Dark money makes our elections into auctions

I hope you will also help me preserve the integrity of our elections. In the century following the passage of the Corrupt Practices Act, Montana has benefitted from a strong citizen democracy. In the past several years, however, more money than ever before has been spent on political campaigns--both nationally & in Montana. As Attorney General, I fought to preserve our citizen democracy and stem the tide of this corporate money in our elections.

We have seen the rise of so-called "dark money" groups that target candidates, yet refuse to tell the voting public who they really are and what they really represent. They hide behind made-up names and made-up newspapers. They operate out of PO Boxes or Washington, D.C., office buildings.

Help me reform our laws, so that any organization spending money during the course of an election reveals the amount it spends and the source of its money. Together, let's guarantee that our elections will never be auctions, controlled by anonymous bidders.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Montana legislature , Jan 30, 2013

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