Former technology executive Steve Daines has made shrinking the government a central theme of his campaign for Montana's sole U.S. House seat.

Yet, an examination of federal procurement records shows the Republican's former company, RightNow Technologies, entered into dozens of contracts with federal agencies worth at least $15.1 million.

The Bozeman-based maker of customer service software last year counted more than 170 agencies among its clients.

Daines says his work as a vice president at RightNow was consistent with his call for smaller government. He says providing automated "self-service" software for agency websites made government more efficient and saved it money.

Opponent Democrat Kim Gillan says RightNow's government deals contradict Daines' push for smaller government.

Daines says he left RightNow in March to concentrate on the campaign.

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bearpaws
bearpaws

This is news? Oh and how about the great stories of "rugged individualists"??? Yeah, I did it my way. But millions of "rugged individualists" use the same phoney b.s. and vote these phoney candidates into office. Hypocrites voting for hypocrites. Get used to it.

caribouboy
caribouboy

Whoa, wait a second. Where's the byline stating that this article was written by the Montana Democrat Party? Is this some kind of joke from the AP? Breaking, breaking, Daines did some contracted work for the government. Not he took and believed he was entitled to a handout. He completed a contract. Is the IR so lacking for content that they have to print this tripe? Does the Ir believe their readership is wholly uneducated?

Pathetic!

shortie
shortie

This is a good example whats good for me is not good for someone else. I'm a conservative and Daines you just lost my respect. This is self centered just like our president. Tax payers are getting sick of this stuff, so now who do you vote for, neither one.

FlamingLiberal1
FlamingLiberal1

What do you have against Gillan except that she is running with a D after her name?

FlamingLiberal1
FlamingLiberal1

I for one find it very interesting that Mr. Daines lacked the courage of his convictions. Or at least was able to push back his moral objections for the sake of making a buck. Or 15 million of them. Is this really the kind of guy we want representing us in our sole congressional seat? Not just no, but HECK NO!

Tucker Max
Tucker Max

I for one find it very interesting that you have a lack of conviction for reading an article by a private company. Or at least you have the ability to push back your moral objections for a cheap thrill. If you want more government, shouldn't you only read government publications?

skooter
skooter

Ah hypocrisy...it's like Paul Ryan pretending he refuses government funds when he doesn't (and that's he quite the runner too). It's nice that right tends to be consistent in it's hypocrisy. You'll even see it in the comments...plenty will pretend that this little bit of government spending is ok, but all of the rest isn't, just to try and support daines. And of course, CarabouB want to shoot the messenger because this isn't relevant unless its a democratic candidate he could really rail against.

Tucker Max
Tucker Max

skooter i'm with ya. I mean, if a little government spending is ok, why not set the tax rate at 98 percent across the board? We would have tons of roads! People shouldn't be trusted with choice. I mean when you have choice, then you have things like the industrial revolution and google. I hate that stuff too skooter I'm glad you share my views!

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