While Matt Rosendale’s campaign has predictably stumbled out of the gate with a series of missteps and misstatements that were hardly surprising to those of us who’ve watched him bumble around in the Auditor’s office, it was pretty amusing to read that he was trumpeting his fundraising prowess today. In a preview of his official report to the FEC, Rosendale told The Hill that he’s raised almost $400,000 for his bid:
Montana state auditor Matt Rosendale (R) has raised about $410,000 in the third fundraising quarter as he looks to navigate through a crowded GOP primary for the chance to unseat Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.
While Rosendale can likely count on some money from donors back East and is likely to gin up some support from the bigots at Breitbart, it’s not an impressive haul for a candidate who hopes to unseat Senator Tester, who raised $1.2 million in the quarter.
It’s also unimpressive given that Rosendale still owes himself over a million dollars from his failed bid to win the US House race in 2014. One quarter in, it’s more accurate to say that Rosendale has raised -$600,000 for the race.
That 2014 campaign demonstrates just how weak the presumptive GOP frontrunner for the race is in another way, too. Even though he lent his campaign $1.1 million, Rosendale was only able to raise $206,000 in individual contributions, a pittance for a serious candidate for federal office.
So far, it’s quite a group the Republicans have assembled to challenge Tester: a carpetbagger who tried to buy one election, a California with more hunting violations than votes cast in Montana, a judge who’s already being called out for his unethical approach to the campaigning, and a collection of candidates with even less chance than those three.
Spare me the talk about the deep Republican bench in Montana, please.