Few people donate to U.S. Rep Matt Rosendale’s challengers

The primary race for Montana’s eastern U.S. House district is winding down with few people donating to U.S. Rep Matt Rosendale’s challengers.

Rosendale, a Republican, leads all eastern district candidates with $1,137,244.01 cash on hand, as of May 18. Rosendale’s receipts for the election total $1.6 million.

U.S. House District 2 includes Billings, Helena Great Falls and all points east. The low-dollar trend in the east differs from spending in U.S. House District 1, where candidates have combined to raise $6.27 million.

Combined, the remaining candidates reported $124,770.22 in the bank and that figure comes with a major asterisk: Mark Sweeney the leader in funding among the non-Rosendales, died unexpectedly May 6. Without Sweeney, the available funding totaled $56,136.34.

Rosendale’s contributions from individuals totaled $159,158.05 between April 1 and May 18. He also picked up $21,400 in PAC money and $52,514.85 in money from other committees.

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There is a Republican primary, pitting Rosendale against James Boyette, of Bozeman, Kyle Austin, of Billings, and Charles Walking Child, of Helena. None of those candidates have cash on hand. Among the Rosendale primary challengers, only Boyette has reported his spending, with $5,371.07 in net

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