HELENA — At the start of their general election campaign, Democratic Attorney General Steve Bullock has more than six times the money in the bank than does his Republican opponent, former U.S. Rep. Rick Hill, in their race for governor.
Campaign finance reports filed Monday showed Hill at an initial disadvantage financially after having to spend far more on the June 5 primary election to fend off six Republican foes. Hill won the GOP primary with 34 percent of the vote.
Bullock faced only a token primary opponent, a political newcomer who filed on the filing deadline and raised little money. He had 86 percent of the vote in his primary and was able to stockpile cash for the general election.
Reports show Bullock’s campaign with $776,973 in cash left in the bank as of June 20, while Hill had $118,142, according to reports filed with the state political practices commissioner’s office.
For the entire campaign, Bullock has raised more than $1.1 million, to Hill’s $794,629.
For the latest reporting period, from May 27 through June 20, Bullock reeled in $191,089 to Hill’s $55,178.
Hill wound up spending $561,813 during the primary, with some going for a television ad to promote his candidacy and in one case, to run an ad firing back at a negative ad against him by GOP rival Corey Stapleton, a former state senator from Billings.
Bullock’s primary expenses amounted to $312,078. He did not spend any money on television advertising in the primary.