First outside spending showing up in Dem U.S. House primary

HELENA – A political group that wants to elect more scientists is making the first major outside-money buy in Montana’s crowded Democratic U.S. House primary, supporting former land-trust director Grant Kier.

The 314 Action Fund reported spending $52,000 in the past two weeks on direct mailers supporting Kier, one of five candidates competing for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte this fall.

The primary election is next Tuesday and absentee voting has been under way since mid-Mary. The 314 Action Fund started its direct-mail purchases on behalf of Kier on May 16.