Steve Bullock, Montana’s Democratic governor and a potential 2020 presidential candidate, said Thursday the public’s trust in Congress and the federal government has eroded, and he can bring people together because he’s done it in Montana.
He made his remarks at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair.
Bullock, mentioned as a possible presidential candidate, said there’s been a drop in faith in government because of court decisions like Citizens United, a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened up corporate spending in elections. Bullock said that’s let “dark money,” which can’t be traced to donors, flourish.
“Over the last decade, we’ve seen trust in government disappear in a way that we hadn’t seen in the past,” he said.
Bullock said money in politics has stopped Congress from addressing issues like climate change, and allowed legislation like the recent federal tax cut.
“If we want to address all the other big issues in our electoral system and our political system, if we really want to address income inequality, if we want to address health care … you’re not going to be able to do it until you’ve also addressed the way that money is corrupting our system,” he said.