Zinke has raised most in House race; Lewis has most cash in bank

2014-07-15T06:45:00Z 2014-08-10T20:19:39Z Zinke has raised most in House race; Lewis has most cash in bankBy CHARLES S. JOHNSON Gazette State Bureau The Billings Gazette

HELENA — Republican candidate Ryan Zinke has raised the most money so far in the race for the U.S. House, but his Democratic opponent, John Lewis, has the most cash left in the bank, new Federal Election Commission reports released Monday show.

Zinke, a former state senator from Whitefish who served as a Navy SEAL, reported raising a total of $1.6 million for his entire campaign through June 30, including slightly more than $400,000 during the last six weeks.

Lewis, who lives in Helena and was state director for U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, has collected a total of $1.03 million for his entire campaign, including about $275,000 for the six-week reporting period.

Looking at their respective cash-on-hand totals, Lewis had about $623,000 in the bank as of June 30, compared with Zinke’s nearly $97,000. That’s cash in the bank that the campaigns can spend in the coming months.

Lewis stockpiled funds without having to spend much of his war chest in his June 3 primary victory against former Public Service Commissioner John Driscoll, who didn’t raise money.

Zinke spent down his cash balance when he won a tightly contested five-way Republican primary last month for the House nomination.

Zinke reported debts of more than $57,000, which included $42,000 in personal loans he made to his campaign. Zinke has made no personal donations to his campaign.

Lewis reported no debts and has not donated to his campaign.

Broken down by kinds of donation, Zinke has raised $1.47 million from individuals so far and about $86,000 in from political action committees or PACs.

Lewis has collected $716,000 so far from individuals, $296,000 from PACs and about $15,000 from political party committees.

In all, Zinke’s campaign has spent $1.5 million so far, including nearly $460,000 in the six-week period.

For his campaign, Lewis has spent $407,000 through June 30, including $171,000 in the six-week reporting period.

Each candidate put his report in a positive light.

“Montanans from every corner of the state support our vision to bring more accountability and transparency to Congress,” Lewis said. “I’m humbled by the support we’ve earned statewide as we gain the momentum needed to make sure members of Congress are playing by the same rules working families and small businesses must follow.”

Said Zinke: “Montanans recognize that our country needs true leadership – not more politics. They are ready to put our state, and our nation, back on track. The overwhelming support for our campaign is proven by those who supported us in the final push in the primary and the increase in momentum behind our campaign will only increase as people unite behind us.”

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