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Bullock in NY to close out one-year stint as chair of Dem Gov’s Assn

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Monday ended his one-year stint as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, handing over the keys to Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy.

The transition came at the DGA’s annual meeting in New York City, attended by Bullock and other Democratic governors from across the country.

Bullock, in a statement released by the DGA, said he’s been “proud to work with my fellow Democratic governors on policies that strengthen the middle class, invest in education and create jobs.”

The DGA helps recruit Democratic candidates to run for governor across the country and raises money to help with their campaigns.

Bullock became chair a year ago. During his term, Democrats picked up one governorship, when John Edwards defeated Republican David Vitter in Louisiana two weeks ago, and lost one, when Republican Matt Bevin beat Democrat John Conway in Kentucky, in early November.

The Louisiana and Kentucky races were for open seats.

Bullock also faced criticism, primarily from Montana Republicans, for his role as chair of the DGA.

State Republicans called Bullock a “hypocrite” for criticizing the influence of corporate and “dark money” in campaigns, yet chairing the DGA while it raises both types of funds.

Bullock replied that the DGA has done nothing different than the Republican Governors Association, which is bound by the same campaign-finance rules as the DGA.

The DGA raised about $17 million during the first six months of this year, including an estimated $3 million for a nonprofit that does not have to report the details on its spending or donors – so-called dark money.

The rest of the DGA’s donors and spending are revealed in reports filed with federal agencies.

The DGA annual meeting in New York included a fundraiser at the New York Jets-New York Giants football game on Sunday and other events in New York on Monday.

The Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported that donors had to give the DGA at least $250,000 to get into the fundraiser at the NFL football game.

DGA officials didn’t confirm Monday which fundraising events Bullock attended while he was in New York for the annual meeting.


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