Bullock Honored as a Champion for Public Access While Gianforte Spends Millions to Hide His Anti-Access Record

The Montana Sportsmen Alliance today announced its endorsement of Steve Bullock over New Jersey multimillionaire Greg Gianforte, citing the Governor’s strong record of protecting public access to public lands.

“On the issue of public lands, Steve Bullock is a prize-fighter,” said John Borgreen, a spokesman for Montana Sportsmen Alliance. “I have seen him stand up to the millionaire landowners who want to put up fences and lock us out. Steve Bullock reflects the values we share as Montanans.”

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the Montana Sportsmen Alliance because it’s important to never let our guard down in our responsibility to keep public lands in public hands,” said Bullock while receiving the endorsement at an event at Giant Springs State Park. “I fought hard first as Attorney General and then as Governor to protect the best stream access laws that we have in this country – here in Montana.”

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This endorsement also comes as Gianforte continues to pour millions of dollars into the governor’s race trying to buy Montana’s election and to mislead Montanans about his out-of-state, out-of-touch agenda.

Gianforte falsely tried to explain that his lawsuit wasn’t about access, even though Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks reported that Gianforte“actively excluded the public” from the access site.

Gianforte has also given thousands of dollars to controversial groups that have pushed to privatize and sell off our public lands, and groups that fought Montanans constitutional right to access streams and rivers.

This stands in stark contrast to Steve Bullock who unveiled a comprehensive plan to responsibly expand access to public lands.

According to the Outdoor Industry Association, Montana’s outdoor industry generates nearly $6 billion in economic activity every year and is responsible for more than 64,000 direct jobs.

Bullock also earned the endorsement of the Outdoor Industry Association in its first-ever endorsement of a non-federal candidate.