Unproven Nepotism Allegation in Montana Senate Race

Republican ads aimed at Facebook users in Montana make the unsubstantiated claim that Gov. Steve Bullock “steered 14.3 million Montana dollars to his brother’s company.”

William Bullock sold his shares in Pioneer Technical Services four years before his brother became governor in 2013, the company’s CEO told us.

Also, a spokesperson for Montana’s Department of Administration told FactCheck.org that the governor had “no involvement” in state contracts awarded to the Butte-based firm. The company’s CEO said it has consistently been selected for state work in Montana, dating back long before Steve Bullock became governor.  Those contracts with the state go back to 1992, he said, a year after the company was co-founded by William Bullock.

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