Montana governor's race: Bullock leads Hill in fundraising

2012-06-26T06:15:00Z 2012-06-27T19:58:51Z Montana governor's race: Bullock leads Hill in fundraisingMissoulian State Bureau missoulian.com
June 26, 2012 6:15 am  • 

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.

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  1. Cindy J
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    Cindy J - June 26, 2012 11:02 pm
    Rick Hill (R), Sandy Welch (R), Monica Lindeen (D), Linda McCulloch (D), Tim Fox (R), and Laurie McKinnon received the endorsement of the Montana Chamber of Commerce for their pro-economic growth views.
    Steve Bullock (D) and Denise Juneau (D) received the endorsement of the Montana Conservation Voters for their NO votes for the Otter Creek Coal Tracts on the State Land Board. It has been estimated that the Otter Creek Coal Tracts could generate billions of tax dollars for this state over the years with a lot of it going to our schools.
  2. Alan Johnson
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    Alan Johnson - June 26, 2012 1:50 pm
    Not in Montana. Presidential politics have historically never been an issue in Montana state elections. It won't be any different this time. As far as money, it will even out, unless the National Republican Governor's campaign decide Hill is a lost cause and deem their money better spent elsewhere. Way too early in the campaign to know that.
  3. walter12
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    walter12 - June 26, 2012 7:07 am
    Money will not mean thing in this coming election in November. It is all about Obama and those that follow this creature.
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