Democratic Group Spends Heavily in Campaign’s Final Days

Gianforte is in a close race against the incumbent, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock

By Dillon Tabish
Jim Mitchell, left, Montana Department of Transportation’s engineering project manager for the bypass, and Gov. Steve Bullock celebrate the opening of the U.S. 93 Alternate Route on Oct. 28, 2016. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

HELENA — The Democratic Governors Association is spending heavily to oppose Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte and to support Montana Democrats in the final days before the elections.

The DGA-funded Good Jobs Montana political action committee spent $803,000 on television ads opposing Gianforte between Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. The ad buys were funded in part with an infusion of $425,000 made that week by the national organization.

Campaign finance reports released Tuesday also show the DGA also gave $240,000 to the Montana Democratic Party last week.

Gianforte is in a close race against the incumbent, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock.

The new reports show Gianforte gave his campaign another $500,000 last week, while Bullock raised $155,000.

Gianforte’s campaign had $345,200 left in the bank as of Thursday. Bullock had about $156,700 left to spend.

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