On August 3, the Montana Daily Gazette published an article detailing Governor Steve Bullock laundering 14 million dollars to his brother’s company during his time as governor, with an additional two-million dollars being given just this year. As reported, Williams Bullock is still listed as chairman of the board for Pioneer Technical Services, which has received the giant paydays from entities overseen by his brother and Montana governor, Steve Bullock. But thanks to research conducted by citizen reporters, it can now be confirmed that the state’s Nepotist-in-Chief has also funneled 6.6 million to his wife’s company, Courtview Justice Solutions.
Debbie Westlake of Helena has uncovered the questionable spending using publicly accessible data via the ‘transparency’ portion of the state’s website, detailing public expenditures.
Lisa Bullock works for the company, which helps compile and collate information management systems for courthouses, justice departments, and other public sector entities. Her employment at the company is noted on the public website of the Montana governor.
It reads, “She has worked for IBM, Northrop Grumman, MAXIMUS, Public Knowledge, and has taught high school mathematics and computer science. Currently, she is a Research & Development Manager for Court View Justice Solutions (CJS), a company that engineers, installs and supports justice information and process management systems. “
CJS stays financially solvent from business contracts with state governments. Montana’s is among their most lucrative.
Westlake has been posting her research in social media (see below):
Totaling $6,668,574.29, state agencies overseen by Governor Bullock gave $74,025 to CJS in 2013, $331,259.75 in 2014, $389,721.25 in 2015, $895,529.24 in 2016, $1,342,410.01 in 2017, $1,274,868.30 in 2018, $1,447,448.95 in 2019, and $1,244,571.54 in 2020.
These funds were sent to CJS via the Department of Public Health and Human Services, which according to Montana Code 2-15-103 says the Governor has “full powers of supervision, approval, direction, and appointment.”