Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s coronavirus task force includes high-value donors, records show

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who is running as a Democratic Senate candidate in a tight race rated a toss-up by the Cook Political Report, filled his 25-member coronavirus task force with several high-dollar donors who then informed his administration how to distribute more than $1 billion in federal stimulus aid, records reviewed by Fox News show.

The task force, known as the Coronavirus Relief Fund Advisory Council, included representatives of various resorts, hotels, and restaurants — which could stand to benefit from the task force’s recommendations in their final report for the state to provide “direct, immediate and mid-term assistance” to the hospitality and tourism industries.

The task force, which included both Bullock supporters and critics, also recommended “direct grant assistance” to Montana nonprofits, with priority to those that have been subject to statewide closure and whose mission is to serve populations affected by the coronavirus.