Lachlan Markay joined us on Friday's Montana Talks radio show. While the rest of the national press corps is doing generic, puff-piece reporting on most of the Democrat presidential candidates, Markay is actually taking a deeper look at how the campaign rhetoric matches up with the campaign reality.

Case in point: Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) and his phony campaign against big money in politics.

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That reputation makes it all the more interesting that Bullock has enlisted the services of a consultant enmeshed in a political-intelligence industry at the nexus of government and the financial-services industry. “The firm has grown to one of DC’s top regulatory-focused investment banks for institutional investors and companies by bridging the gap between Wall Street and DC decision-makers,” Height’s website boasts.

Even as other candidates such as Warren and Sanders decline donations from federal lobbyists, Bullock has accepted their assistance in fundraising for his campaign. And despite his career-long crusade against political “dark money,” some of those same lobbyists represent clients that pour cash into non-disclosing political groups.

Speaking of Montana politicians...Morning Consult unveiled some new polling looking at the most popular and the most unpopular senators in the US Senate. According to their polling data, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) is now the 7th most unpopular senator. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), meanwhile, is in the top 20 of the most popular senators.

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