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WITHDRAWN: Steve Bullock 2020

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Post by Addie » Tue May 14, 2019 6:24 am

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock jumps into crowded 2020 presidential race

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, one of the country’s only red-state Democrats to win reelection in 2016, announced Tuesday that he would join a crowded Democratic campaign field for the White House.

Bullock made his announcement in a video released early Tuesday that castigated what he called “evidence of a corrupt system all across America that serves campaign money, not the people.”

He noted that after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that loosened regulations governing campaign money, he had pushed through “one of the strongest campaign finance laws in the country.”

“I believe in an America where every child has a fair shot to do better than their parents,” said Bullock, who was expected to hold a public event later Tuesday. “But we all know that that kind of opportunity no longer exists for most people; for far too many, it never has. That’s why we need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and defeat a corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people’s voice so we can finally make good on the promise of a fair shot for everyone.”

He has prepared a campaign focused on his record of winning over Republican-leaning voters and lawmakers in the Mountain West with liberal policy ideas — a pattern he says will allow him to argue he is one of the most electable Democrats in the packed field.



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Post by Addie » Tue May 21, 2019 12:03 pm

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How 2020 Democrat Steve Bullock plans to drive big money out of politics

Democratic presidential candidate Steve Bullock on Monday said he would unilaterally shake up the country’s campaign finance system if elected, promising a set of immediate executive actions to increase transparency and reduce the influence of wealthy donors.

None of Bullock’s proposed actions would require approval from a divided Congress, though the Montana governor said he would be open to working with lawmakers on sweeping legislation similar to the kind he signed into law in his home state. Taken together, they amount to some of the most aggressive proposals yet from a Democratic White House hopeful to take on big-money outside groups.

“You can take meaningful action immediately as both an executive and working with Congress to make sure people know that elections are about them, not the special interests or the outside spending,” Bullock said in an interview with McClatchy.

Bullock said he would issue an order on his administration’s first day to require companies with federal contracts to disclose all political spending, even if the contributions are made to a nonprofit group not legally required to reveal its donors before the end of the campaign. The proposed executive order mirrors action taken by Bullock in Montana last year. ...

The governor also said he would re-institute an Internal Revenue Agency rule the Trump administration revoked last year that requires some nonprofit groups to disclose its donors. And he said he would use the Department of Justice to scour the country looking for cases that, if successful in court, could reduce the breadth of the Citizens United decision.



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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:45 am

Des Moines Register OpEd
Steve Bullock: I beat dark money in Montana. We can beat it across America.

On Wednesday, I'm taking the Trump Administration to court to defend the integrity of our elections.

Why? In 2018, the same day Trump was meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, the Trump Administration repealed a rule in place since the 1970s requiring dark money groups to disclose their biggest donors to the IRS. These groups are some of the biggest spenders in our elections, and their influence has corrupted our politics and our policies for far too long.

Trump’s new dark money loophole pours gasoline on a fire that has raged out of control since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

That didn’t sit right with me then — and it doesn’t sit right with me now. It’s why I’m using the rule of law to take on President Trump and stand up for our democratic rights. ...

These dark money groups spend millions to sway our elections, yet they refuse to reveal where the money comes from. Before the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United, these groups accounted for about two percent of outside spending in our elections. Now it’s more than half.

Trump’s dark money loophole is telling these secretive groups that they don’t even have to disclose the source of their funding to the IRS. It opens the door not only to significantly more spending by corporations and wealthy donors, but also to potential spending by foreign entities.

This is a direct threat to our core belief that the people should decide elections.



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Post by Addie » Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:38 am

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Jon Tester endorses fellow Montana Democrat Steve Bullock for president

Gov. Steve Bullock got a boost in his bid for the White House on Sunday with the endorsement of fellow Montana Democrat Sen. Jon Tester, who, like Bullock, has managed to win several statewide elections in a deep-red, predominantly rural state.

Bullock unveiled the endorsement on "Face the Nation" Sunday, saying he's "awfully excited" about the announcement.



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Post by Addie » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:56 am

ABC News: Steve Bullock says ‘no’ to providing health care for undocumented immigrants



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Post by Addie » Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:07 am

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Bullock unveils national plans on workers, infrastructure

HELENA – Montana Gov. Steve Bullock unveiled two plans this week as he seeks the 2020 Democratic nomination for president; one focusing on infrastructure and the other was one he said would increase rights for working Americans.

Bullock said his $975 billion infrastructure plan offers $350 billion in highway and transit funding, offers $150 billion over five years to ensure clean drinking water, creates $380 billion in grants to reduce greenhouse emissions, and $61 billion to connect every rural school, library and health care provider to broadband internet.

“When we invest in our infrastructure, we can create jobs and revitalize communities across the country,” Bullock said in a news release.

He said he would fund his infrastructure proposals by restoring the corporate tax rate back to 31%, which he said was still four points below where it was in 2016. He also said he would implement the “Buffet Rule,” by taxing carried interest earned by investment fund managers as ordinary income, which he said would raise $14 billion over 10 years.



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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:47 pm

We can't spend money on infrastructure! It would require more taxes and rich people have borne just too much of a burden. Hell, Amazon might even have to pay some taxes. Facebook too. And that's totally unAmerican.



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Post by ZekeB » Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:21 pm

Sterngard Friegen wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:47 pm
We can't spend money on infrastructure! It would require more taxes and rich people have borne just too much of a burden. Hell, Amazon might even have to pay some taxes. Facebook too. And that's totally unAmerican.
Well heck yes. We can't have those people who can afford to pay for their own lunch not getting their free lunch.


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Post by Addie » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:15 am

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Steve Bullock ends presidential campaign, will not run for Senate

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock ended his presidential campaign on Monday, the Democrat announced in a statement to CNN.

The decision comes after the moderate Democrat failed to convince the party's base that the best way to defeat President Donald Trump was by nominating someone who can win in a red state.

"Today, I am suspending my campaign to become the Democratic Party's nominee for President," Bullock said. "While there were many obstacles we could not have anticipated when entering this race, it has become clear that in this moment, I won't be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates."

Bullock, who is term-limited as governor, will not take on Republican Sen. Steve Daines in 2020, his spokeswoman said.



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Re: WITHDRAWN: Steve Bullock 2020

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Post by Foggy » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:35 am

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