Why is he doing this?
It’s because he has no money of his own and he has little support among non-Democrats.
Democrats in Montana are a minority party, and I said as much yesterday on MT Cowgirl.
My comment was up on the site for more than 12 hours before the party elite got together and decided that I’d gone too far. That morning I was notified that I’ve been banned from the site.
This is the dialogue that Montana Democrats want – closed, lock-step, and without thought.
Does that help you or your family? It certainly doesn’t help mine.
Maybe Gianforte will become a better candidate by then, or perhaps a true Republican like Bob Brown might get into the race.
Until then, just leave that one blank.
That’ll be a lot easier to do when we look at all the rich folks that are giving campaign contributions to Steve Bullock. Some of them - Monsanto, Charter, Phillips 66 - I find alarming. Others I just find strange - Xerox, Scotts Miracle-Gro.
I'm going to lay out these donations so you can see them. Make up your own mind, and don't be afraid to ask Steve Bullock why he's raising this money. I'll be doing so in the state newspapers around the 20th of the month.
Remember, I have no loyalty to Steve Bullock, as he felt saddling my son with $67 million in banker’s interest was the ideal thing for my family and this state.
He thinks that because the rich bankers that he takes money from tell him to think that.
Steve Bullock’s 2015 PAC Fundraising
- Steve Fugate for Montana Senate: $170 on March 26
- Otello Restaurant in Washington DC: $135 on March 26
- Astellas US LLC PAC: $650 on February 23
- BP Corporation North American Inc. PAC: $300 on February 23
- Charter Communications Inc. PAC: $650 on February 23
- Dastopoulos, MacDonald, and Lind: $650 on March 18 (2 payments)
- Diane Sands for State Senate: $100 on March 30
- General Electric PAC: $100 on March 30
- General Electric PAC: $650 on March 30
- Scotts Miracle-Gro Company: $300 on March 9
- Spectra Energy Corp. PAC: $625 on March 30 (2 payments)
- Treasure State PAC: $650 on February 18 (2 payments)
- Walsh for Montana: $650 on March 12 (3 payments)
- Xerox PAC: $650 on February 23
Bullock raised $10,165 from PACs and corporations during this time and another $4,115 from individuals (the individuals is larger, but it's not tabulated in any way that makes sense).
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Company: $650 on April 6
- Cloud Peak Energy PAC: $650 on June 30
- Franke Wilmer for SD 32: $200 on June 15
- Montanans for Lewis: $650 on June 1
- PAC 66 (Phillips 66 Political Action Committee): $650 on April 3
- The Home Depot Inc. PAC: $650 on April 6
- WalgreenCoPAC: $650 on April 14 (2 payments)
Bullock raised $8,650 from PACs and corporations during this time and another $5,858.59 from individuals.
The following Steve Bullock campaign contributions are from 2014. Yeah, he’s been desperately raising money for a long time. Let’s take a look.
- Alvarez & Marsal PAC: $650 on August 8
- Honeywell International PAC: $650 on September 30 (2 payments)
- Montana Trooper PAC: $650 on September 8
- Motorola Solutions PAC: $650 on September 8 (2 payments)
- ONEOK Employees PAC: $500
- Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters: $650 on September 19 (2 payments)
- Plumbers & Pipefitte Local 30 PAC Fund: $650 on July 8 (3 payments)
During this time period Bullock raised $7,650 from PACs and corporations during this time and another $20 from individuals.
This report is also from 2014
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Employee PAC: $350 on October 15
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Employee PAC: $300 on December 29
- Carenmark Rx Inc. Employee’s PAC: $650 on October 29
- International Union of Painters and Allied Trades PAC: $650 on December 22
- Microsoft PAC: $650 on October 25
- Monsanto Citizens Fund: $650 on December 1
- Montana Public Employees Assn: $650 on November 26
- Pfizer PAC: $650 on October 16
- Property Casualty Insurers Association of America PAC: $500 on December 1
- Scotts Miracle-Gro Company: $350 on October 29
- Scotts Miracle-Gro Company: $650 on October 29
- Steptoe & Johnson PAC: $500 on December 22
- UnitedHealth Group, Inc. PAC: $650 on November 26
- Xerox PAC: $650 on December 22
During this time period Bullock raised $7,900 from PACs and corporations during this time and another $240 from individuals.
When it comes to Steve Bullock and his reelection, PACs and corporations are a lot more important than you are.
That’s sad. I mean, here’s a guy that used to be against dark money and corporate cash. Now he falls all over himself to suck the rich man’s cock. My how he savors their nectar.
And why shouldn’t he? He has no money of his own, and you sure can’t prop him up. Honestly, did you think you were stronger than the TV?
Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl is a stooge, and an incompetent one at that.
Political campaign reports in Montana are a mess. They don’t even add up all the individual donations, they just say something like “35 donations greater than $560” or something like that.
Why can’t you add that up or require that the person doing the report add it up? In this case it would be Siri Smillie, Bullock’s treasurer. She chooses not to do that in the report.
So we get skewed numbers, and honestly, I’m not going to go through 10 pages of each report and add up all the individual donations.
I don’t feel bad about this for one second because none of the mainstream media are doing it either.
Yes, you will remain in the dark. Democrats like it that way.
Something else that really bothers me is the nepotism of the Democrats, and likely the Republicans as well.
What am I talking about? Franke Wilmer.
I don’t know why Franke Wilmer is funneling all her old PAC money to Bullock. She should be giving that to charity. It’s a real shame.
I’m glad that woman lost her race. She’s another example of the egghead mentality the Democrats suffer from. And like most Montana eggheads, her published works leave you wanting.
We'll get into this a lot more this week when we talk about the concept "what have you done for me lately?"
It’s wrong to funnel money from a failed campaign to one that’s ongoing. That money should be donated as all excess funds should be, and I’ll add that to my running list of bills needed in the 2017 legislature.
Other Montana Politicians' Fundraising
- Bryan Cave LLP Political Fund: $320 on March 18 (2 payments)
- MONCAR: $250 on March 31
- Montana Beer & Wine Distributor Assn PAC: $320 on March 31
- Motorola Solutions Inc PAC: $320 on January 12
- Orrick Herrington & Suteliffe LLP: $320 on March 18 (2 payments)
- Trinity Industries Employee PAC: $320 on March 31
Tim fox got $2,490 for that period from the PACS and another $560 from individuals.
Again, the reporting is shit. I suppose Motl could fix that, but gosh, that might decrease the ass-print in that finely-upholstered chair of his. I wouldn’t want him to actually have to earn his salary, after all.
Here’s what some of Jesse Laslovich’s fundraising for 2016 looks like:
- Montana Professional Firefighters PAC: $320 on April 19.
He got $320 from PACs and $2,056.66 from individuals.
Here’s what Monica Lindeen’s fundraising looks like for 2016 as she tries for Secretary of State:
- Mary Anne Dunwell Campaign: $50 on March 19
- Montanans for Lewis: $320 on March 19
- Sands for Senate: $50 on March 19
So we have $420 from the same monkey-shit nepotism that we saw with Bullock, as well as $100 in individual donations.
Your Democratic Party won’t be reporting on it either. Why would they? If you were running for governor, would you want people to see some of the sleaze donating to you?
I eagerly await Gianfort’s fundraising reports, but you know, he was a successful businessman, like Donald Trump, so I’d imagine he doesn’t need to raise that much money.
Steve Bullock is a lawyer. We all know how they love to steal money and ruin lives.
Think about that as our governor continues to gallivant around the country, raising money from the rich man, all on your dime.
Oh, I’m sorry, did you elect him to do something besides kiss the ass of PACs?
Golly, you must be awfully disappointed.