Montana Republicans Set Fee for U.S. House Candidates

Montana Republican Party is charging a $1,740 fee to interested candidates

BILLINGS — The Montana Republican Party is charging a $1,740 fee to people interested in replacing U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, who has been nominated to lead the Interior Department.

Party chairman Jeff Essman of Billings tells The Billings Gazette that party leaders met Dec. 20 and decided on the fee, which is equal to the state filing fee for the office.

He says the money will defray the costs for delegates traveling to the nomination convention.

If Zinke is confirmed as Interior Secretary, the parties will convene to select candidates for a special election, which will have to take place within 85 to 100 days.

Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Nancy Keenan criticized the fee and said the Democrats would not introduce a similar fee.

  • Rhett the Butler

    More Gooper pay to play. Just like T Rump’s shenanigans.

  • Caddisfly

    They should have set it at $100.000 then Giantfart would have guaranteed himself a congressional seat.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Stinky Zinke should have to pay that “fee”.

  • geraldcuvillier

    You forgot about HiLIARy’s pay to play already?

    • Rhett the Butler

      How could I forget about what didn’t happen?

  • geraldcuvillier

    See, I told you you could not tell the difference between reality and a fraud.