Great piece in the IR today by Mike Dennison about where our junior Senator’s money comes from. Here’s a hint: it isn’t from Montanans. When you look at the numbers in the piece, it sure makes Conrad’s good ol’ Montana boy routine seem even more tired.
So where do Conrad’s contributions come from?
- 83% comes from non-Montana residents and PACS
- $800,000 comes from people who list their occupation as CEO, president, executive or vice president of a company or corporation.
- $600,000 from people living in or near D.C.
Now, I’m no expert on politics, but I suspect those people aren’t giving Conrad all that money because they like him personally. After all, he is a man of the people, right? What would he have in common with these CEOs? It might just be, that like Conrad’s old friend Jack, they expect a little something in return for their generosity–and if nothing else, Senators Burns has proven himself to be a man who remembers his contributors.
The article also notes that John Morrison has raised 55 per cent of his campaign funds from non-Montana residents and PACs, leaving Jon Tester with clear claim of having most of his support come from regular Montanans, the kind of people who can’t afford $2,000 contributions to a political candidate, and I suspect, the kind of people who will only ask that a candidate repay them with leadership, honor, and regard for his home state.
We’re all smart enough to realize that money is a big part of modern political campaigning. That fundraising comes with a price, though. I’m a lot more comfortable with a candidate who doesn’t need to rely on out of state funding, because what your neighbors (and we’re all neighbors here) think about you says more than any ad buy ever can.