By now, it’s old news that Rick Hill outraised Steve Bullock by two-to-one during the month of July, slightly narrowing Bullock’s large monetary advantage. From the reports filed with the Commissioner of Political Practices, Hill raised $189,390, while Bullock raised $89,535. But the raw totals are a little misleading, because they include money Hill received from state & local parties.
Each candidate for Governor is only allowed to collect $22,600 from any political party committee. Since it’s only a one-time transfer, party money is not good sign of momentum. Hill collected all his party money in July, so it inflates his totals and accounts for a quarter of the fundraising gap. Bullock already collected money from the state party in the last report, shortly after the primary.
Although PACs are not big contributors in Montana, Hill also had the dubious honor of collecting four times more money from PACs. Here’s a list of all the PACs listed in his most recent report, and they amount they’ve given to date.
|MDU Resources Group PAC||$1,350||(Hill later returned $90, so it wouldn’t be over the legal limit)|
|Citizens for Responsible Gov Employees||$1,260||(Northwestern Energy)|
|Mine PAC||$1,000||(Montana Mining Association)|
|Avista Employees for Effective Gov PAC||$630|
|Devon Energy Corporation PAC||$630|
|Excellence in Voting PAC||$630|
|Exxon Mobil Corporation PAC||$630|
|Jobs for Montana PAC||$630||(This PAC is funded jointly by the Contractors PAC and the Montana Realtors)|
|Montana Committee of Automotive Retailer||$630|
|Montana Petroleum Marketers Assoc PAC||$630|
|Montana Realtors PAC||$630|
|Montana Troopers PAC||$630|
|Wells Fargo State PAC – Montana||$630|
|Montana Independent Bankers Assoc PAC||$320|
|Greater Montana IEC PAC||$300||(Greater Montana Independent Electrical Contractors)|
Perhaps it’s not surprising, but there’s a fair number of mining, oil, and gas interests on this list.