MONTANA AT-LARGE (OPEN) | MT-0

Special Election Spending Tops $800K

Gianforte has spent more than $100,000 on air.

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Ally Mutnick
March 20, 2017, 10:57 a.m.

Tech en­tre­pren­eur Greg Gi­an­forte (R) has already spent more than $100,000 on ads. That com­bined with the $700,000 the Con­gres­sion­al Lead­er­ship Fund has dropped to at­tack mu­si­cian Rob Quist (D) means the race has already at­trac­ted more than $800,000 in spend­ing in just two weeks. (AP)

UN­DER FIRE. Gi­an­forte has pledge not to ac­cept PAC money is com­ing in­to ques­tion after he and Sen. Steve Daines (R) are set to “head­line a fun­draiser sched­uled for Thursday in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., for the Montana Re­pub­lic­an Party. The fun­draiser in­vites PACs to the event with a sug­ges­ted ad­mis­sion price of $1,000.”

“On Thursday, the Gi­an­forte cam­paign said it would de­cline money from the state GOP to avoid any ap­pear­ance that PAC money could be funneled in­to the cam­paign through con­tri­bu­tions from Re­pub­lic­an Party com­mit­tees.” (Great Falls Tribune)

FULL SUP­PORT. Sen. Jon Test­er (D) men­tioned Quist at a town hall meet­ing on Fri­day: “This may be just a shock to all of you, but I hap­pen to like Rob Quist a lot. I think he is some­body that is hon­est, that is straight-for­ward and will ab­so­lutely work his tail off to do the right thing for the people of the state of Montana.” (Great Falls Tribune)

GIV­ING BACK. Gi­an­forte’s “fam­ily found­a­tion … is donat­ing $1.1 mil­lion to an af­ford­able hous­ing pro­ject in Billings which will bear the fam­ily’s name.” (AP)

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