HELENA -- Republican Steve Daines continued to raise money for his U.S. House campaign at a record rate far outpacing the five Democrats who filed reports Tuesday.
On the Democratic side, state Sen. Kim Gillan has raised the most overall and showed the biggest cash balance in her treasury, while new candidate Diane Smith raised the most money for the quarter.
Daines, a Bozeman business executive, reported raising $173,673 over the past three months to bring his total contributions for the campaign to $954,645.
Of his total receipts, Daines has collected $104,719 from political action committees, including $50,500 in the past three months. He has donated $52,266 to his own campaign so far, including $6,513 in the past quarter.
As of Dec. 31, Daines had $630,561 left in the bank.
His campaign said the $954,645 that Daines has raised overall is the most a Montana congressional candidate has collected through Dec. 31 in the year before an election. The previous high was Democrat Nancy Keenan, who had collected $531,000 by the end of 1999.
Daines originally announced in 2009 that he would be challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. He raised about $225,000 for that race, but dropped down to the House race and transferred the balance to a U.S. House campaign after Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg announced in February 2011 that he would be challenging Tester.
Here's a look at the five Democrats, in order of their cash on hand or cash balance as of Dec. 31:
A workforce development coordinator at Montana State University Billings and state legislator, Gillan reported $52,015 in donations for the final quarter of 2012 to bring her campaign total to $176,110. Gillan raised $3,500 from PACs, including $1,000 this quarter, while the rest came from individuals. Gillan had a balance of $100,089 as of Dec. 31.
Smith, a Whitefish entrepreneur, filed her first report after entering the race in November. She reported raising $100,033 for the quarter, including $9,250 from PACs. She donated $8,424 of her own money to her campaign. Smith reported having $75,508 left on Dec. 31.
Franke Wilmer, a Montana State University political science professor and Bozeman legislator, raised $55,261 for the latest quarter to boost her campaign's total to $154,778, second only to Gillan on the Democratic side. She's contributed $9,266 of her own money to the campaign, including $2,128 in the past quarter, and received $2,500 from PACs, including $1,500 in the past quarter. Wilmer listed a $7,500 loan, taken in June 2011, from her personal retirement account, that was due Jan. 15. Wilmer had $54,060 left on Dec. 31.
Dave Strohmaier, a Missoula City Council member and professional historian, raised $23,084 for the past three months and a total of $72,163 for the campaign. He has received $5,200 from PACs, including $5,000 the past quarter. As of Dec. 31, Strohmaier had $15,160 left.
Rob Stutz, a Helena attorney, raised $3,265 the past quarter to bring his campaign total to $13,315. Except for a $20 donation from a political party committee, all of Stutz's contributions came from individuals. He reported having $5,680 left on Dec. 31.