Susan Gianforte

Greg Gianforte at his home in Bozeman. Greg Gianforte at his home in Bozeman. University officials said the Gianfortes have been longtime supporters of MSU.
Eric Whitney

Montana University System Regents heard testimony Thursday about an $8 million gift to Montana State University by Greg Gianforte, the Bozeman software entrepreneur who’s running for governor as a Republican.

Greg Gianforte speaking to the Conrad, Montana Chamber of Commerce
Eric Whitney

Not everybody's summer road trip around Montana generates headlines at every stop, but Greg Gianforte's does, and Gianforte is not just anybody. He's been meeting with local chambers of commerce, like a group of about 10 people at the Sport Club restaurant in Shelby recently.

Backlash is growing at Montana Tech in Butte over the choice of the school’s commencement speakers this Spring.

Opponents say Right Now Technologies founders Greg and Susan Gianforte promote extreme religious viewpoints and discriminate against homosexuals. A small group of students and faculty are considering a boycott of the ceremony in mid-May.

Tech is standing by the choice, citing the Gianfortes’ business success and emphasis on getting young people involved with computer science.