The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) released a new TV ad this morning exposing how Democrat Governor Steve Bullock steered more than $14 million in Montana taxpayer funds to his brother’s company.
Steve Bullock: Supports taking away rural hospitals while he’s making deals to help his own family.
THE FACTS: Governor Steve Bullock’s brother Bill Bullock founded Pioneer Technical Services, and according to corporate documents, he is still the chairman of the company’s board. During Governor Bullock’s time in office, he has steered more than $14 million to his brother Bill’s company.
“Democrat Steve Bullock’s record of cronyism and sweetheart deals is a stain of corruption on his time as governor and his campaign for U.S. Senate,” said NRSC spokesperson Nathan Brand. “Montanans know that Bullock will put his own interests first, even when it costs hardworking taxpayers.”
Maybe it started in a treehouse. Or a lemonade stand.
Steve Bullock and his brother have a special relationship.
Bullock has been accused of steering state grants to his brother’s company.
In fact, the company founded by Bullock’s brother received more than 14 million dollars from state agencies.
Steve Bullock: Supports taking away rural hospitals while he’s making deals to help his own family. Think about that.
Bill Bullock founded Pioneer Techincal Services (PTS) in 1991 and according to corporate filings in states like Montana, Washington, and Nevada, Bill is now currently the chairman of the company’s board.
Steve Bullock has praised his brother’s work, and since being elected governor, his administration has paid $14.4 million to PTS.
Under the Montana Constitution, the Governor “has full powers of supervision, approval, direction, and appointment over all departments.” And according to the Montana Department of Justice: “The Governor makes all final decisions on all restoration plans and associated funding.”
In 2015, Governor Bullock “committed The state” to a project that relied on PTS. In 2014, PTS even touted a “letter of appreciation” from Governor Bullock. Governor Bullock endorsed a 2015 project “benefitting” PTS.