Democrat Lewis raised most from Montana in U.S. House race

2014-03-22T21:40:00Z 2014-05-30T10:47:23Z Democrat Lewis raised most from Montana in U.S. House raceBy CHARLES S. JOHNSON Gazette State Bureau The Billings Gazette
March 22, 2014 9:40 pm  • 

HELENA — Democratic U.S. House candidate John Lewis of Helena raised more money from individual Montana donors than the three major Republican candidates in the race as of Dec. 31.

Lewis collected nearly $182,000 in donations of at least $200 from Montanans out of the nearly $395,000 his campaign raised by year’s end, or about 46 percent.

“I’m incredibly humbled and proud of that significant support we see from across Montana,” Lewis said.

He added, “I think those numbers reflect my philosophy: that I wanted to run a Montana campaign that’s driven by Montanans on the ground. That’s the only way I know how to do this. Montanans want someone to go back there to focus on solving problems and focus on Montana and the future of Montana.”

Lewis said the fact that he has campaigned in all 56 counties has helped his Montana fundraising.

“I worked very hard to get their support,” he said.

Lewis also raised $34,800 in individual donations from Washington, D.C. residents, and$24,250 from Virginia residents. Maryland residents kicked in $8,400. A number of these donors were, like Lewis, former members of the staff of Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.

“I have friends back there,” Lewis said. “They are people that appreciate what we are trying to do. Let’s bring more common sense to Congress.”

Since the latest campaign finance reports were filed covering donations and expenses through Dec. 31, another Democrat, former Public Service Commissioner John Driscoll of Helena, has filed for the House.

Lewis raised $41,100 from political action committees, or PACs. That’s more than the other three major candidate as of Dec. 31 – Matt Rosendale, Corey Stapleton – raised from PACs put together.

Here are the PACs that donated to Lewis. All are from Washington, D.C., unless otherwise noted:

PACs donating to Lewis were: American Association for Justice, $5,000; American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees PEOPLE, $5,000; AmericaPac, the fund for a Greater America, $10,000; Glacier PAC (Baucus’ PAC), Missoula, $10,000; Jobs, Opportunities and Education PAC or JOE-PAC, $1,000;

New York Jobs PAC, $2,000; Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, $3,500; Treasure State PAC (Sen. Jon Tester’s PAC), Missoula, $10,000; American Federation of Teachers, $5,000; American Health Care Association PAC, $1,000; Democrat, Republican, Independent Voter Education, the PAC of the International Order of Teamsters, $2,500; Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, $3,500.

Democrats Win Seats or DWS PAC, $2,500; Friends of Max Baucus, Missoula, $7,000; Nancy Pelosi for Congress, $2,000; National Fisheries Institute or FISHPAC, $1,500; NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, $2,000; New York Life Insurance Co. PAC, New York City, $1,000; Office & Professional Employees Union Local 2, Silver Spring, Md., $2,500; South Dakota First, Sioux Falls, S.D., $1,000; Victory in November Election PAC or VINEPACE, $1,000.

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