Congressional Candidates Reveal Their Finances

The federal candidates released their fundraising numbers today.

The House Race:

Kim Gillan (Billings) retains the lead over Diane Smith (Whitefish) and Franke Wilmer (Bozeman), with more cash in the bank. (cash balances: Gillan $100K, Smith $75K, Wilmer $54K).   Smith, however, had a big quarter and nearly doubled what Wilmer and Smith each brought in, Smith raising $100K to Wilmer’s $55K and Gillan’s $52K.

The bad news is that on the GOP side, Steve Daines raised $173K and has $631K clams in the bank.

The Senate Race:

Tester continues to kick the shit out of Rehberg in fundraising, probably because Tester is capable of speaking in full, grammatical sentences while speaking to prospective donors on the telephone.

As the Missoulian reports:

Rehberg raised $656,000 during the last quarter of the year, compared to Tester’s $1.2 million. Rehberg also had a little more than half of the Democrat’s $3.8 million cash on hand.

To recap, in the State races reported last month the snapshot were: Bullock handily beating Rick Hill (governor); Bucy edging out Laslovich (attorney general) by a hair for the quarter, Laslovich raising slightly more overall but Bucy having more cash on hand; and Lindeen, Juneau and McCulloch beating their likely GOP opponents.


87 Comments on "Congressional Candidates Reveal Their Finances"

  1. Here is a question for Diane Smith:
    You publicly called Playboy TV a “programmer of excellence.” As a woman and as the mother of a teenage daughter, do you really believe that a television channel known for degrading and objectifying women is something of “excellence?”

    The fact that Diane Smith profited from pornography sickens me. No wonder someone like her made campaign contributions to Conrad Burns and Dennis Rehberg. Smith, Burns and Rehberg are all cut from the same cloth.

    Vote Franke for Congress!!!!

    • Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | January 31, 2012 7:25 PM at 7:25 PM |

      Amen to vote Franke for Congress!

    • That comment about Playboy should disqualify Smith. What an embarrassment for women in Montana that she is even on the ballot.

    • did you read the weasel-like comment that Smith had in the missoulian today, saying that she was a corporate lobbyist ONLY because of her “job description.”???? this woman is a natural politician – – she can already lie through her teeth.:) gosh, i sure hope she wins the demo primary b/c daines won’t even have to campaign to win. smith is d.o.a. as a candidate.

      • Smith also described herself as from “Northern Virginia” which is code for DC suburb. She’s just looking for a ticket home to relax with her old friends while she laughs at all the bumpkins from MT who are paying her to have a vacation home in the Big Sky.

        • I just looked at where Smith’s supposed $100k in campaign cash came from. Almost none of it is from Montana. All of it it out of state except for a few rich people in Whitefish. Then, if you are interested in knowing where that out of state money comes from, don’t expect to find out in her report. She fails to list most of the occupations and employers of the donors. Smith is a typical rich person (and Montana transplant) who thinks she is above the law and does not need to tell you where she gets her campaign money. I bet her and Romney pay the same tax rate.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 31, 2012 8:49 PM at 8:49 PM |

      VIVA PLAYBOY! Hey, it’s a free country. If you don’t wanna read it, don’t READ it! I don’t! I simply look at the pictures! Does it come in braille? Jus wondering. Jus KIDDING! I’m thinkin’ a big Playboy Bunny up there on Whitefish Mountain next to Jesus keepin’ Him company would be a good idea. Look, I never served in the Tenth, but I served! And I spent at LEAST as much time thinkin’ about Bunnies as I did about Jaysus! Actually, probably more! I know, I know. There ain’t no atheists in a foxhole. But there are ALSO plenty’a horndogs in foxholes too! Just ask anyone’s who’s served!

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 31, 2012 8:53 PM at 8:53 PM |

        p.s. And ask them dudes from Nam if any of them turned DOWN a front row seat to the Bob Hope show and a chance to see some scanitly clad females ’cause Jesus tol’ them it was wrong. I didn’t see many dudes doin’ that!

        Men and women are different I’ve discovered through much investigation, and VIVA LA DIFFERANCE! (maybe there’s a playgirl channel!)

    • Al Franken survived having written a pretty raunchy article for a mens’ magazine. Are we to hold Smith to a different standard?

  2. Funny how Lawyers and Lobbyists top Tester’s contributors. Must have one’s priorities protected.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 31, 2012 5:46 PM at 5:46 PM |

      Craig, let’s say that you’re a lobbyist. Would YOU invest in a Teatard? Where have they been successful at ANYthing? Did you happen to miss the last legislative sessions, both nationally and at the local level? Craig, MOST lobbyists are not as stoopid as YOU appear to be! They want results! Not morons.

      Dopey Reeburp was the FIRST Teatard to declare! And I know that you just LUVS the bible, so quote, “The First shall be last”!

  3. Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | January 31, 2012 6:18 PM at 6:18 PM |

    Oil & Gas, Leadership PACs, Mining, Lobbyists, Securities & Investment are the top contributors of Denny Rehberg! and your point is who is really for the little man and the answer is not Rehberg!

    • I’m sorry but the hypocrisy here is really unbearable. Does the saying “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” mean anything to you? Or don’t you all read the Bible. Your candidates whore out to corporations, but nary a word from any of you in complaint.

      • Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | January 31, 2012 8:04 PM at 8:04 PM |

        I am not a christian but I read the bible daily, as well as the Torah,and the Qua-ran! Weekly, I read the writings of by Guru Nanak( bet you dont know about him), and Buddism! Why? because I want to understand people!

        You probaly, dont understand the concept of the “Glass house and rocks theory, so let me explain it to you as simply as I can!

        PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULDN’T THROW STONES: otherwise known as “Those who are vulnerable to attack should not attack others.”

        Your Pick for the candidate hasn’t done squat in the House or Representative for the last 8 years! Nothing zip nada, and he wants to run as a senator of my state? WHY, because he lends his name to bills written by his other fellow Tea Party Housemembers???? What has he done for this state??? Nothing, unless it served a corporation! Go On, name a law Rehberg Wrote lately that passed?….. well hurry up! What? Nothing zip Nada?

        Tester has written and they have become law: Ag laws for our farmers and ranchers, Veteran Laws for our honored service members throughout the country, Wolf Laws to protect the rancher and the wolf!

        Rehberg NOTHING!!!!!!

        Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “Don’t throw stones at your neighbors, if your own windows are glass.” To live in a glass house is a figure of speech referring to vulnerability of your arguement. And Drill baby you are chock full of them!

        No! Thats not the answer you seek, maybe something biblical? For you then: Since you listen to all this nonsense that the GOP elite throw as red meat to constituents like you…

        Proverbs 29:12
        If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

        • Those vulnerable to attack should not attack others? Can you people hear yourselves?

          Perhaps some of you remember when Montana Power Company sold all of its power generation and energy utility business to finance a risky venter in the telecom industry (Touch America). Stock values plummeted.  The corporate execs acted without shareholder approval.  Lots of people lost their life savings.  My Dad was one of them.  He now works part time instead of retiring.  

          So, thousands of Montanans who had lost their retirements sued.

          Meanwhile, Montana Power Company reorganized and was bought by Northwestern Energy.  

          In the 2003 legislature, NorthWestern lobbied for and passed a bill passed which said that the shareholders would not be allowed “any portion of a civil judgement” against NorthWestern energy in the shareholder litigation. 

          It was specifically designed to shield the company from the shareholders lawsuit.   The company tried to claim at the time that the bill was really to protect utility customers from increased utility bills.  


          In other words, projecting the big corporations while the shareholders lost their life savings. There was no mistaking that it was an end run around the lawsuit. The papers reported it as such at the time.  


          Guess who voted for this.  Your man who is currently seeking to replace your anti-citizens united cheerleader, Jesse Laslovich.  It’s a matter of public record. 

          Where is the outrage over the corporate executives funding his campaign?  No outcry over the fundraiser PP&L’s lobbyist is having for him this week? It seems your man will whore out for anyone.

          Did you people even know that there’s a $40 million dollar lawsuit pending in the Supreme Court right now over PP&L’s unpaid rent to the state for the use of public lands for utility lines?  That’s money that is supposed to go to schools, unless PP&L can elect a close friend like Laslovich as AG to oversee the lawsuit.

          I don’t want to here any more hypocritical claims about corporate corruption while this guy’s on the ticket.

          • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 31, 2012 8:37 PM at 8:37 PM |

            Um, Drildo, did your daddy happen to vote for Marc Ratco and OTHER Pubbies? If he did, he DESERVED to lose his ass! For it was Ratco and his Pubbie pals that were responsible for Dereg, or did your forget? I’ll lay you money that your daddy is a big Pubbie too, isn’t he?

            The Pubbies screwed Montana BIG time with Dereg. If you wanna place blame, start where it belongs, with Ratco and his pals. Oh sure, there were a few stoopid Dems suckered in too. But it was a Marc Ratco deal all the way.

            Don’ re-write history, dude. You’ll get call on it.

            • Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | February 1, 2012 2:17 AM at 2:17 AM |

              Yea drildo though I feel for your dad! the only ones that really set up those bad stocks were Rethugs! You know were else they screwed up Libby Montana, not only were republicans the one that set up the orginal deal to mine for asbestos, but Judy Martz did everything she could to bury it, as well as other GOP GOVernors before her! Yep everything you want to know about poisoning people and taking away honest folks money has been directly tied to the GOP here!

              Your backing the wrong team!

              • “people taking away honest folks money has been directly tied to the GOP here” and Democrat politician Jesse Laslovich. Own it.

                • Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | February 1, 2012 10:14 AM at 10:14 AM |

                  I didn’t vote for Jesse, he wasn’t not Representing my district, but I am not happy with him, even through his ties on North-Western, I have issues of him hanging a little to tight to the same guys that did screw you and your dad!

                  See there is some things we agree on, I really think when Bullock takes Office and if I am lucky enough to be able to help the people in my district, some of this stuff will change!

          • You can’t criticize a whole party based on one person’s votes – especially one person who is no longer in office.

            • Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | February 1, 2012 10:18 AM at 10:18 AM |

              Exactly, Havre is right! Our party has done a ton of good work helping this state get past the snafus the GOP have left the state in… and we still have a ton of work to do! Roll up your sleeves and work with us for a change and not against us!

          • I almost started to believe that drillbabydrill was a real person until the random Laslovich bash. Now it is obvious that it is just one of cowgirl’s trolls. It makes me angry that the cowgirls hate Jesse so much that they are willing to hand the AG race to a republican. Sad. It’s actually caused me to lose a lot of respect for the cowgirls.

  4. Excuse me? I see you don’t mention that Denny took the endorsement and a fat $10,000 from Citizens United, the organization behind the Supreme Court decision.

  5. Grrrrr….Why does the story ALWAYS have to be about the cash? I know why, understand why, just don’t like why.

    I am a citizen united with many to make sure Dennis Rehberg doesn’t get elected.

    I’m also a citizen who is going to vote for Rob Stutz for United States Congress.

  6. Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | February 1, 2012 2:43 AM at 2:43 AM |

    What man is that Drill? Bullock, Schiewtzer, Obama, weren’t in any official duties regarding Montana that they are now, not even Tester was senator when this shit all went down in 2003! But Rehberg was there so was judy Martz, Conrad Burns, and Sen. Walter McNutt of Sidney, all Republicans by the way! Dont blame Dems for this mess…. no no no no no it was started by republicans and you will have to wear it!

    Democratic Damage control is what is happening now, so the rest of the state doesn’t pay for PPL or Northwestern silliness! That is what I would want from a Democratic people who work in the public sector now! Why should the rest of Montana have to keep paying for people you put in office years ago…. people who created the mess in the first place!

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | February 1, 2012 5:57 AM at 5:57 AM |

      And lest we forget, Sen. Cornhole Burns fought tooth and nail to PREVENT any compensation for the sick and dying in Libby! Can you even imagine? I can’t. But Ol’ Cornhole DID work tirelessly on behalf of Grace to get them RETROACTIVE tax breaks so that when they did eventually have to pay out, they were compensated by the taxpayer!

      Kinda hard to feel TOO sorry for ol’ cornhole and his stroke when you figure that over four hundred people in Libby DIED a horrible death as a result of murder by Grace! They KNEW that their “nuisance dust” was murdering people from about ’67 on! Yet they endlessly denied it and still do! And there were even some Pubbies up in Libby who vigorously supported Grace and still do! They said that they would “welcome Grace back”, because they were “good corporate neighbors”!

      THESE are your pals, Drildo! They’re corporate fascists who don’t GIVE one crap about anyone or anything except profits. And they know that there are idiots like you out there that are desperate, so they take advantage of you. Get used to it or get smart. The choice is yours, Drildo. But understand that these folks are evil! And that Karma is a bitch! Need proof? Just ask ol’ cornhole burns!

      p.s. And it should be noted that it wasn’t just Libby that suffered. They used to ship that shit all OVER the country! It was commonly used in insulation in homes too. You know all that fluffy stuff in your attic when you were a kid? Straight from Libby, Montana!

      They just don’t care. And the same folks are at work right now pouring poison into our aquifers. Twenty years from now, Drildo’s kids will be writing on this site complaining about how there water has been poisoned, and how they must PAY for clean water from somewhere else! The more things change, the more they stay the same!

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | February 1, 2012 6:13 AM at 6:13 AM |

        Here, Drildo, want to look evil in the face? While here it is! While we fight about a nonsensical Jesus statue, evil quietly goes about its business. If there IS a god concerned about this earth, He better do sumthin’ real quick, ’cause the corporate fascists are workin’ overtime! This is what happens when good people don’t fight back. The boomers allowed this to happen. They were NOT the greatest generation, just the greediest! We’ll see how that works out when there’s no place left to hide!

        The corporate fascist bastards simply took over after the Kennedy coup, and have amassed complete control ever since. Truman warned us, Ike warned us, Kennedy warned us. But we didn’t listen.

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | February 1, 2012 6:17 AM at 6:17 AM |

          p.s. In case you didn’t notice, the fascists aren’t even hiding any more. They’re bettin’ that the Teatards and morons like Drildo will actually AGREE that fascism is the way to go! Yep. We’re screwed. I would lay you money that if Bush came out and admitted that 9-11 was an inside job but had to be done, MOST folks in this country would simply nod in agreement and say, yep, we had to do it! Sure it was a false flag, but sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

          ‘Course, the Bible beaters will be in the cheering section all happier than pigs in shit to know that the end is nigh!

      • Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | February 1, 2012 10:24 AM at 10:24 AM |

        Hell Larry it was earlier then that they knew people were dying in the 40’s right after the mines opened and did nothing! Buried a state health report in the early sixies, that outside groups had to sue the state over, to get the documented findings… all this BS and death dealt by GOP cover ups and GOP Legislators! Pretty heinous if you ask me!

  7. It seems I posted my comment on the wrong article. My eyes aren’t what they used to be. I had intended to post here that I won’t be voting for Smith or Laslovich or any other candidates that carry water for corporations. The balance of power needs to be shifted back to working people.

  8. Look a lot of people don’t even consider Smith to be a real democrat.

    As for Laslovich, you have a man with anti- choice votes running against someone who would be the first woman AG in stte history, in a democratic primary- which means 58 percent of voters are women.

    Neither is likely to survive the primary. Holding the whole party to them is no more valid than blaming us for Melinda Gopher or Larry Jent.

    • 58% of the voters are women and many of them pub,icly support Jesse. Bad sing for Bucy. If Pam can’t hold the support of Mary Coffero and many others she is in trouble. Helena is rather split and it is hard to tell who has the most support. In the end Pam might squeak out more votes in Helena but Butte, Anaconda, Dererlodge are going to be very united for Jesse. Prominent women in Missoula have already endorsed Jesse which is bad for Pam because it whittles down the 58%. I like both candidates but I want to win the general and Jesse is the best candidate to that.

  9. Money won’t be enough to help Tester. He needs to put more distance between himself and his Obamacare vote(s).

    • Not to mention the enviro extremists.

      • You’re supposed to say whackos, idiot. Whackos. Do you even pay attention to Rush?

      • Did someone invent you? Are you a Cowgirl false flag operation? You’re so dumb!

        • Check the facts, Jon Tester has taken over $100,000 from the League of Conservation Voters, according to OpenSecrets- but I suppose that’s chump change compared to his lobbyist cash.

          • Oh, we agree that he’s corrupt, but the system demands that they all behave this way. I think ywou’re dumb, just like Democrats, because you can only look I one direction and cannot self reflect.

        • I think you’re right about drilldo. He is a troll caricature of a teabagger meant to bring them disrepute and try to be sly about pushing someone’s angle on here. The thing is you don’t need to do that to bring disrepute to the baggers drilldo. They will do it to themselves. Just say what you really mean baby.

  10. This is an amazing post, almost golden calf in scale, Jon Tester getting more bribes because he can speak in complete sentences. Up till now I thought Democrats merely low information voters. This website now officially endorses corruption.

    What next? Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran? That is on the horizon. McCain proposes, Obama disposes?

    • I’ll hold you to that prediction, Mark.

    • Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | February 1, 2012 2:25 PM at 2:25 PM |

      Jesus Mark, you flip flop more then those plastic shoes are mandated by law to do! One day your an environmentalist extreme the next day you a toxic sludge pool of Ron Paul information!

      There is no such thing as a dumb question, just dumb answers and smart ass remarks! You seem to be fitting the second part of the previous sentence well… but not in content!

      • You just don’t understand, Norma. All contributions are bribes. Endorsing any candidate who takes contributions is corruption. Money buys all decisions. When any of those 3 prove untrue, it’s because of ‘nuance’. Don’t you get it? Politicians aren’t people. Neither are voters. We’re all just payed-for commodities. So was Mark, until Tinkerbell turned him into a “real” boy.

        • Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | February 1, 2012 2:59 PM at 2:59 PM |

          LOL OMG!

        • Perhaps. Jesse Unruh’s wisdom:

          On campaign contributions – “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.”
          On lobbyists – “If you can’t eat their food, drink their booze, screw their women and then vote against them, you have no business being up here.”

        • Not “all” contributions are bribes. The $25 one that Grandma made to Obama was sincere support. Not all contributions are effective. Sometimes you get outspent.

          All large contributions are meant to influence election outcomes and policy decisions. But money is not the mother’s milk so much as the power that money represents. Wall Street money now going to Obama is double-edged – if it doesn’t go to him, it goes to his opponent. He knows this, which is why he brought in the criminals who caused the collapse to run his Treasury. And power s far more than just money – it is scandals, bad press, and the threat of a primary.

          Anyway, the election is settled. Tester is getting far more bribes than Rehberg, can buy more TV time, and will win. Money likes him!

          I don’t suppose you’ve ever used the expression “substance over form.” A little too nuanced.

          • Right. Only some contributions are bribes, and Mark Tokarski get’s to decide which.

            All large contributions are meant to influence election outcomes and policy decisions.

            Ya’ don’t say?

            Wall Street money now going to Obama is double-edged – if it doesn’t go to him, it goes to his opponent. He knows this, which is why he brought in the criminals who caused the collapse to run his Treasury. And power s far more than just money – it is scandals, bad press, and the threat of a primary.

            No shit? Tell me that can’t be real!?!

          • Waiiiiit a minute here, waiiiiit a minute. You’re just playing dumb right?

    • No you won’t. If there is a war you’ll say you saw it coming all along. It’s all part of your being full of it.

      • I guess we got us a bet.

        • Do you not know how to read? Because of your grandiose delusions, you never admit to being wrong about anything. Therefore, if we indeed to attack Iran, and the signals* are there, you will be unable to admit error, and invent some bullshit reason why you were technically correct.

          *Troop movements, arrival of nuclear subs, naval activity, and US press ramping up rhetoric about hose scaaaaared we gotta be if Iran gets a bomb.

          The deterrent at this point is the China/Russia factor. So it’s uncertain, but the executive is certainly rattling sabers.

          • Keep insisting on blaming me for your personal issues. No one really cares. We don’t know what will happen with Iran. Wait, you seem to, just as you appear desperate to assign positions for all others. You think it’s a done deal? I think, as usual, that you are wrong. So, do we have a bet? Are you willing to stand behind yourself, the greatest intelligence that has ever graced the Montana blogotubes? Name your terms, Mark.

            Or, as you are likely to do, you will back off your bold prediction and berate me because you didn’t take a position that you obviously did. If you want to make the argument that Obama is a warmonger based on what you think he will do then please go right ahead. You’ve laid the specific with an attack of Iran. Do you support your claims or simply stand by them until it becomes inconvenient to your appearing as a “real boy”? Name your terms, Mark. It’s an easy bet … if you’re right.

  11. Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | February 1, 2012 2:14 PM at 2:14 PM |

    This is where both you are wrong!

    BOB: First of all Medicare is now structured thru the new health care plan! Getting rid of Obamacare will get rid of Medicare, and social security exactly what the GOP wants. Streamlining all health care programs into one super computer has lowered government costs cause the paperwork is coordinated now, for better and faster medical services to seniors, people on disability, and veterans!

    An NO, he didn’t touch One Government bank account to do it! Faster medical service and Less fraud Means healthier bank accounts for american people and less Government workers monitoring these massive health care programs! So your wrong! it is already seeing great benefits!

    Drill: Never in the History of the conservation movement has there been more transparency between the governmnet & conservationist then now! But the GOP is tied to toxic industries that want less regulation… they just want to pollute like they did before!
    The EPA act was put together and signed into law by Republicans Forty years ago! I watched on TV as Richard Nixon signed it into law!

    The only reason you all want to change it now is because every last one of your GOP today are getting paid by Industry to destroy it! Tougher standards mandated by EPA was to be in a step process 40 years ago, and industry is backing away from their pledges to follow the next steps to a cleaner environment! They want to break their promises to the American People, They do not want to go to the next step in cleaning up their act! This is why they whine about regulations hurting them, and spin lies about climate warming! Instead of spending their money making a better product & improving their factorys here, they decided to take it to another part of the 3rd world and keep polluting there! If there were laws against Lobbyists, their would little if no coruption in US politics and the nation as a whole would be a better place! Democrats and Republicans are to blame in this, because they haven’t taken steps to eradicate it …. and business considers buying off politicans as good business… thats how your father and others have been screwed

    It is all about greedy shareholders who want to make a 50 cents on every dollar not 35 cents now, and I am being conservative about my estimates, cause companies like apple, and Motorola are making 75 cents on the dollar and want more

    Environmentalist have been working pretty openly & fairly across the board for the last 10 years and all they see the other side doing is….breaking agreements,contracts, and pretty much flat out lying about the way they want to handle the future Pristine in our country! I cant blame Envros for going back to the courts to show how some industry just cannot be trusted without Regulation! And Tools like Denny Rehberg do not care if there is another 5 or 6 Berkeley Pits and Gracie mines destroying peoples health in this state! Bad Policy, and lies are not good for people or nature to expand and grow…. but to big oil and coal, it is good for the bottom line!

  12. Ingemar Johansson | February 1, 2012 2:46 PM at 2:46 PM |

    You guys want to capture Denny’s old seat and retain the Senate?

    Get Obama off the MT ballot.

    • Exactly, and the democrats know it. Its why you don’t see a single one of them talking about their support for his programs or his presidency- in fact, you see quite the opposite. Tester runs around talking about how a picture of him wih Obama was photoshopped, and I don’t see any campaign appearances planned. The man is a liability – he over reached on the bailouts, on Obamacare, and on blocking jobs. The economy is in the toilet. I could go on and on.

      • Plus he is black. Doesn’t poll well with the closet bagger types sitting on the fence right?

        • Most teabaggers will never admit that they don’t like the President because he is black, many however will repeat the code words drummed up to communicate this loud and clear. States rights, immigration, the whole “Europeon style governing” meme Romney is using do, in my opinion, all seem to convey the ” not one of us (white folks)” message.

    • Yeah, Swede. I’m certain that Montana with it’s 3 electoral votes will be *so* persuasive. In political circles, the Presidential conflict in Montana is considered a third tier race. The race for Senate is first, the gubernatorial race is second. In other words, Obama may be riding Tester’s coattails.

      Or, as has happened all too frequently, Montana may just ignore national trending. Sure, Obama is a loser in Montana. The efforts of the Montana GOP are all geared towards tying Tester to Obama. I’ve met Jon, and I hope you have too. He has a strong personality and he can carry his own weight ~heh~. He is a favorable guy. We’ll see what happens with the Senate race, but it ain’t involve Obama.

      • Ingemar Johansson | February 1, 2012 5:45 PM at 5:45 PM |

        Wasn’t it you guys whom tied Burns to Bush? I’m sure if we went back in time they’d be posts and comments with Abramhoff, Bush and Burns all in the same sentences.

        Turnabout is fair play. Except Obama’s a millstone Jon can’t carry.

        • Ingemar Johansson | February 1, 2012 6:01 PM at 6:01 PM |

          I did go on a search and destroy mission at your site Rob. And while I didn’t find a one sentence with Bush/Burns I did find this gem in a Sept. ’06 post.

          “??? Democrats want to raise taxes and that somehow forgives the inefficient spending that has gone before? Huh? Does this make sense? I didn’t think so. I didn’t think so at all. This is why Congress looks nothing like your family or mine. If I have a bill to pay, I have to pay it, or face legal consequence. If I want to buy an expensive add-on to house or health or whatever, I have to borrow the money. And I know, every single day, I know I have to pay that money back. Congress doesn’t have to. They can continue to borrow, and borrow, and borrow. Conrad Burns has voted multiple times to keep borrowing more .., borrow borrow borrow. Some one has to pay this money back, right? Someday, someone will have to reach deep and pay the money back; Paul Bremer’s missing 9 billion? ”

          The worm turns.

          • If you’re going to quote me, Swede, you should at least provide the link for context. And, knowing full well your Straw Man view of Democrats, I’m understandably curious about what worm you think has turned.

            I am an unapologetic fiscal conservative. As much as you pretend otherwise, I’ve never pretended to be anything else. A bit of austerity has never been a bad thing to me, an idea that has earned me more than a touch of scorn from Montana’s liberal intelligentsia. Please notice that when I wrote that post, Republicans controlled Congress and were spending money like bad gamblers on a cold streak. Those policies came home to roost the very next year with the financial collapse. And all Republicans could do is make you afraid that Democrats would force you to pay for that drunken spending of what was already your money. I didn’t need to tie Burns to Bush because I understand that Congress holds the purse strings. Bush asked for more and Congress kept writing blank checks. I held Burns accountable for his actions, not those of another.

            Fast forward six years and all the Republicants do is try and hold Democrats responsible for GOoPer waste of the people’s money. In Montana, they have no choice but to attempt to link Tester to the lie they tell of Obama, and hope that people are stupid enough to believe them. Many will be and of that I have no doubt. The truth is somewhat different. The GOoPs borrowed and spent your money based on your good name and now claim that anyone else should pay that back except you.

        • Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | February 1, 2012 9:57 PM at 9:57 PM |

          Bwah ha ha ha ha Ingemar really? You are going right for the GOP Talking points! And you think they are gonna stick when you say them…. fathom this:

          You guys keep talking all this smack about how Obama Blew up the economy… cause you do not wish that terrible day the market crashed was on your watch but it was! September 29,2008! HE WASN’T PRESIDENT YET BUSH WAS!!!!!!

          Democrats Didn’t know a theft of the American dream happened yet they thought failing banks were sitting on the american middle classe’s money that wasnt theirs! They thought it was a Frozen market!

          Frozen Market’s meant banks were hoarding cash, making it difficult for businesses and individuals to get much-needed loans! Little did they or the american public know Banks gave away the trillion to their crook friends the investment brokers. Banks and wall street made terrible gambling choices on default land swaps and Toxic Mortgage bundles and lost 1.2 trillion in cash to rich people, and themselves!

          Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson knew the banks were already broke, he knew if banks were forced to open their records and safes it would show the cupboards had been bare for a long time! They were down to trading in paper promises and IOU’s

          Paulson lied first, then told Bush the truth, Bush then Lied to the Democrats in congress, and they voted NO to Tarp jackass! Something didn’t smell right! The banks were forced to open their vaults and wahla no Money! The market crashed cuz they wasn’t any money!But you blame the Democrats who did control the House in 2008! Yea that makes perfect sense to another bullshitter Ingemar just like you!

          The only reason it passed the second time because Paulson and Bush pleaded that the Country would fall apart, and the Democrats finally caved cause all the GOP predicted doom and gloom! Your lies, Your cronies, not ours!

          Read it Ingemar and weep, cuz you have been played by the GOP and still believe in their reckless handling of the money!

          “Stocks skidded Monday, with the Dow slumping nearly 778 points, in the biggest single-day point loss ever, after the House rejected the government’s $700 billion bank bailout plan.”

          Who tried to stop spending the citizens money first???? First paragraph of the article bud! Go cry somewhere else!

  13. Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | February 1, 2012 3:11 PM at 3:11 PM |

    Really? why isn’t that in real news Ingemar! The Washington Examiner… the GOP smut paper back east LOL! Come back with sonme real news dear! Read the real gallop poll dear! We look like winners not losers Obama Approval Above 50% in 10 States and D.C. in 2011

    Heck! That is a larger approval rating then Bush had, when he was campaigning for his second term!

    • Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | February 1, 2012 3:19 PM at 3:19 PM |

      All those particular states carry the Most delegates! He already is carring 3/4 of whats needed and you dont even have a GOP Candidate yet and wont have one till April as least! and with Gingrich and Paul going all the way to the convention…. hehe…. you might not get one named Romney without your party tearing itself apart!

  14. Diane Smith is 100% phonus balonus. Busted for supporting the porn industry then immediately makes a post on her facebook page wanting to reauthorize the violence against women act. Coincidence or damage control? Equally bothersome is the almost $10k her campaign collected from Tea Bagger poster boy Rick Blake

  15. Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | February 2, 2012 2:29 PM at 2:29 PM |

    Hello Burns tied himself to Jack Abramoff and screwed with firefighters! He was a GOP crook, we didn’t tie him up with magic Bush rope! He hung himself!

  16. You didn’t even bother to mention Rob Stutz, who I happen to think is the only Dem with a chance of beating Daines. C’mon now, don’t start acting like the mainstream media here …

  17. Whether you like Diane Smith or not, the pornography attack is ridiculous. The logic in the argument is flawed. AVAIL is a TV provider. If that is your stance, then you should be boycotting every hotel chain in America for offering certain movies on demand and every cable and satellite company for offering Cinemax and other late night TV and on demand options. Name a cable, satellite or TV company who doesn’t offer these selections. Please people, stop the ugly attacks and stick to the issues.

  18. I will not be voting for Smith, that’s for sure. “Stick to the issues” sounds like the classic candidate with something to hide.

  19. Prior to filing Diane Smith was telling people in Whitefish she couldn’t decide if she was going to run as a Democrat or a Republican adding she’d been a Democrat all her life but the GOP was recruiting her heavily. Here’s a list of her donors. Not much money coming from Whitefish unless you count Tea Party member Rick Blake.

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