The Montana Senate race is attracting nationwide attention, and a new requirement that aims to increase openness about campaign finances breaks it down by the numbers.
U.S. Senate candidates are now obligated to file their campaign finance reports online with the Federal Election Commission. Several Montana political figures were instrumental in the creation of the new filing requirement. It is part of a joint effort by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D) and U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R), and successfully passed through Sen. Daines' committee.
The campaign filing deadline recently passed, and Senate candidate campaign finance records are now available on the Federal Election Commission website.
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and state auditor Matt Rosendale are going head to head in the Senate race. According to an email from Tester’s campaign, Montanans for Tester raised about $3.8 million dollars during this cycle. Rosendale’s team said the Matt Rosendale for Montana campaign raised around $2.1 million dollars during this cycle.
Tester’s campaign spent significantly more than Rosendale’s campaign overall. The FEC website lists Rosendale’s total campaign disbursements at just over $1.4 million dollars, and Tester’s as just over $15.3 million dollars. The filing says both sides have ending cash on hand, with about $1.8 million dollars for Tester and just over $639 thousand dollars for Rosendale.
A full breakdown of Senate campaign finance records is available by searching here.