Campaign 2014

Jul 1, 2014 3:14 PM by Sanjay Talwani - MTN News

National PAC to spend $1.7 million against Walsh in Senate race

HELENA - A national political action committee is making a major investment in Montana's U.S. Senate race.

American Crossroads, a Super PAC associated with Republican strategist Karl Rove, said Tuesday it will spend $1.68 million in the race in support of Republican Steve Daines and against Democratic Senator John Walsh in the final six weeks before the November election.

The group said it had booked television advertising time in Montana between Sept 23 and Election Day on Nov 4.

The expenditure is part of about $20 million American Crossroads and an affiliated group, Crossroads GPS, is spending on Senate races. In addition to Montana, the groups have reserved television time this fall in Alaska, Iowa, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina.

A spokesman for the group said the figures reflect just "initial" bookings, so the actual expenditures could change.

The Montana expenditure nearly equals the $1.78 million Walsh had raised between October 2013 and May 14, when he had $315,000 cash remaining, according to Federal Election Commission data.

Daines had raised about $3.5 million as of May 14, with about $1.9 million remaining.

The latest period for fundraising reports by candidates ended Monday. Disclosures are due at the FEC July 15.

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