Montana Republicans Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte share a tight financial and legislative history with each other and with the tech giant Oracle that goes back years. That relationship has netted each of them several million dollars and made Gianforte one of the wealthiest members of Congress.
Both have also used their offices to support legislation and other initiatives for which Oracle spent significant time and money lobbying, and from which the company stood to gain financially — including through defense contracts.
Additionally, both are up for election this year: Daines is running for re-election to the Senate, in a tight race with current Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, while Gianforte is trying to move from the House — where he serves as the state's lone representative — to the governor's mansion.
Give the whole piece a read. It exposes how Gianforte and Daines pushed through legislation Oracle lobbyists wrote and and benefited from the bills. It also goes into detail how Gianforte and Daines’ loyalty to Oracle cost Montana a chance to attract more tech jobs. It notes that Governor Steve Bullock (D. MT) was trying to attract Google and Facebook to open offices in Montana until Daines stepped in. It also discusses how Gianforte sold his Bozeman based tech company to Oracle shipping 100 jobs to Texas.
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