2017 Special Election Greg Gianforte Montana Politics

Gianforte to dump another $1 million into campaign?

It probably won’t be a $1 million, since he’ll be matching whatever comes in the next 28 hours. Here’s the pitch I just got from Greg a little while ago:

For the next 28 hours – until the polls close – I will personally match every donation made to my campaign, dollar for dollar – up to $1,000,000. But all donations have to be made with the special links in this email.


Here’s how this works: I will match your contribution of $25 to become $50; $50 will be worth $100; and $500 will become $1000. I will match up to $1,000,000!! (Emphasis his.)

I have to wonder what he’s going to do with the money before the polls close in 28 hours. Buy TV? Pay canvassers to hit the doors or make phone calls? It seems too late to me. Is he really that nervous about the outcome? Maybe someone more politically savvy than me can explain this last minute plea for funds. Some sort of slush fund for down the road?

Anyway, the photo above deserves a credit. It’s from New York Times photographer Jenna Schoenefeld. Here’s the Times piece. Notice Superintendent of Public Education Elsie Arntzen in the background flashing a Dick Nixon victory pose.

I’m sure everyone realizes that it’s past the deadline to mail in absentee ballots. You’ll have to take them to where your county election office is located. But for God’s sake, get out and VOTE!

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.


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  • Grand Total Expenditures from all R and D sources may be $16-17 Million.
    To hold Montana seat for 18 months.

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