Steve Bullock blew Rick Hill out of the water this fundraising period, raising almost twice what Hill raised, the Billings Gazette reports this week. That doesn’t surprise me, because Hill has baggage and GOP activists and donors have steadily been learning about it.
But the juicy part about the just-released fundraising numbers is that Hill got beat by Jeff Essmann, aka the Assman, a moniker that refers both to his physical situation and also the smell of his foul legislation, which resembles ass.
Perhaps Essmann’s impressive money victory means that the rumors about Dennis Rehberg supporting Essmann are true.
At any rate, Bullock raised double what Essmann and Hill were able to bring in ($171k as opposed to $85 and $82k, respectively) leaving the entire GOP field in his dust. Neil Livingstone is once again bankrupt, and the other dwarves have no money either.
In other fundraising news, Pam Bucy and Jesse Laslovich are neck and neck in the money game.
Denise Juneau meanwhile had a very strong quarter and is inviting little in the way of a serious challenge. In the Secretary of State race, Brad Johnson, who is trying to reclaim his lost seat, raised around $4,000 and spent $2,000 (on whiskey, perhaps), and Scott Aspenlieder did better than Johnson but he too fell short of matching what Linda McCulloch raised. Derek Skees came in at a sad $2,000.