July 13 Montana News Briefs

Friday, July 13, 2018

Vice president plans Billings visit to support Rosendale

BILLINGS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is planning a visit to southern Montana to campaign on behalf of a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. The Billings Gazette reports that Pence is scheduled to be in Billings on July 24 to support Matt Rosendale, who is challenging incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. Rosendale spokesman Shane Scanlon says the campaign is excited for Pence's visit, and the "Trump administration has made it clear that they're all in for Matt Rosendale." Reception tickets cost $500 per person. A photo package with tickets for two was listed for $5,000. A ticket package for two that also includes access to a roundtable discussion costs $10,000.

Gianforte, Williams report strong fundraising numbers

HELENA (AP) — Democratic U.S. House candidate Kathleen Williams says she received a fundraising boost after her primary win, raising $480,000 from the June 5 election through the end of the month. But the man she's trying to beat, incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, is also reporting a strong fundraising period. Gianforte said Thursday that he collected more than $822,000 for the three-month reporting period from April 1 through June 30, compared with Williams' $581,000 total for the quarter. Williams won a five-way Democratic primary. Now she's taking on a well-funded incumbent in Gianforte, who reports having $1.3 million in the bank at the beginning of July. Williams had $462,000 cash on hand at the beginning of the month.