Matt Rosendale

Matt Rosendale

HELENA – Republican U.S. House candidate Matt Rosendale made another $250,000 loan to his own campaign in the final quarter of 2013, a report filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday showed.

Rosendale, a Republican state senator from Glendive, is one of five Republicans and one Democrat in the race for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is running for the Senate this year.

Rosendale’s $500,000 in total loans and $1,922 in personal donations helped bring his total campaign receipts from contributions and loans to $607,340 as of Dec. 31, the most of any candidate in the House race. For the quarter, he raised about $286,500, counting the loan.

However, if his personal loans and donations are not counted, Rosendale raised slightly more than $105,400 from sources other than himself for his campaign. He collected $102,750 from individuals and $2,500 from political action committees.

Rosendale’s campaign has spent about $174,400 so far and reported having about $432,950 left in bank on Dec. 31.

Former state Sen. Corey Stapleton, R-Billings, reported Friday he had raised about $330,580 for his campaign, including about $30,800 for the latest three months.

Stapleton reported raising $329,570 from individuals and $1,000 from a PAC. He hasn’t donated or loaned money to his own campaign.

So far, Stapleton has spent $273,145 so far and reported having about $57,440 left in the bank on Dec. 31. He had no loans or debts.

Drew Turiano, a Republican from Helena, reported raising $2,540 through Dec. 31 and spending $1,717 to leave $823 in cash on hand at the end of the quarter.

State Sen. Elsie Arntzen, R-Billings, hasn’t filed a report yet because she entered the House race after Jan. 1.

Earlier, former state Sen. Ryan Zinke, R-Whitefish, reported he had raised more than $447,000 for the entire campaign, spent about $98,000 and had more than $349,000 in cash on hand on Dec. 31. He reported no personal donations, loans or debt.

The lone Democrat, John Lewis of Helena, reported earlier he had raised about $396,000 as of Dec. 31, including $200,000 in the fourth quarter. He had spent about $68,000 so far to leave a cash balance of about $328,000 at year’s end.

Lewis donated $50 to his campaign and reported no debts or loans.

Chuck Johnson is chief of the Lee Newspapers State Bureau in Helena. He can be reached by email at: chuck.johnson@lee.net or by phone at (406) 447-4066 or (800) 525-4920.

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