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.