Governor Steve Bullock (MTN News file photo)

(MTN News – Helena) Governor Steve Bullock’s office identifies 21 travel dates when he used a state-owned plane for campaign related business and fundraisers.

Bullock is reimbursing the state $2,672 for time the pilots spent waiting.

The office released pages of his electronic calendar, but blacked out information it considered non-official business like campaign events.
Here is a break down of the dates, locations and how much bullock is reimbursing the state for each occurrence.

April 29, 2014 to Great Falls … $143.77
May 14, 2014 to Billings … $39.76
May 22, 2014 to Anaconda … $39.76
Sept. 4, 2014 to Lewistown … $184.84
Aug. 20, 2015 to Bozeman … $56.39
Sept. 10, 2015 to Kalispell … $107.82
Oct. 7, 2015 to Havre … $356.09
Oct. 14, 2015 to Billings …$171.24
Nov. 2, 2015 to Billings … $229.84
Nov. 7, 2015 to Red Lodge … $226.23
Nov. 17, 2015 to Butte … $182.02
Nov. 18, 2015 to Missoula … $82.67

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From April 2014 to November 2015, Bullock traveled to places like Great Falls, Kalispell and Billings.

Nine trips were made already this year costing Bullock $861.

Jan. 12 to Hamilton … $185.18
Jan. 14 to Kalispell … $67.31
Feb. 3 to Bozeman … $45.56
Feb. 9 to Butte … $52.07
Feb. 10 to Billings … $42.83
Feb. 16 to Missoula … $45.56
Feb. 25 to Kalispell … $124.49
March 3 to Bozeman … $223.34
March 4 to Great Falls … $65.08

From January 12th until March fourth, he visited cities like Red Lodge, Butte, and Anaconda.

The Montana Republican Party’s Spokesperson Shane Scanlon released this statement to KTVH: 

“Even after admitting to wrongdoing, Governor Bullock is still not being honest with Montanans about his taxpayer funded campaign trips. When Bullock’s plane costs $1,650 per hour and he only reimburses taxpayers a grand total of $2,700 for all his campaign trips then it’s quite clear he’s shortchanging Montanans by tens of thousands of dollars. With all these questions now being raised it makes you wonder: What else is Bullock hiding?”  – Shane Scanlon

Flight records show the state-owned airplane made at least four hundred and fifteen round-trips from Helena since 20-13, including 19 out-of-state trips.
Bullock’s spokesman Tim Crowe says past Governors used the plane more frequently.

 

Reporter: Sara Stinson, sstinson@ktvh.com

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