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    Even With No Love from DNC, Sanders-Backed Montana Longshot Surges

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    Published on Thursday, May 18, 2017
    by Common Dreams
    Even With No Love from DNC, Sanders-Backed Montana Longshot Surges
    Populist Rob Quist announced a massive haul of individual donations one week before the pivotal special election for the state’s sole U.S. House seat
    by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

     

    Rob Quist has refused contributions from lobbyists and corporate political action committees, earning him the respect of progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is holding a campaign rally in Missoula on Saturday, as well as events in Butte, Billings, and Bozeman ahead of the May 25th special election. (Photo: Getty Images)

     

    Rob Quist, the once-longshot, banjo-strumming populist running for Montana’s empty U.S. House seat, is giving Republicans a scare.

    On Thursday, Quist’s campaign announced a startling $5 million fundraising haul that came from more than 200,000 individual donations over the course of 85 days. What’s more, the political novice has refused contributions from lobbyists and corporate political action committees, earning him the respect of progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who will hold a campaign rally in Missoula on Saturday, as well as events in Butte, Billings, and Bozeman ahead of the May 25th special election.

    The Treasure State’s sole House seat, previously occupied by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, has not been held by a Democrat since 1997. However, the GOP and pro-corporate groups are clearly feeling the heat and pouring millions into the campaign of Quist’s Republican opponent, Greg Gianforte, a wealthy software engineer who launched a failed bid for Montana governor last year. Libertarian candidate Mark Wicks is also running.

    Like the race for Georgia’s sixth district, many see Montana’s special election as a test of the resistance to President Donald Trump, who is currently knee-deep in scandal—from the firing of FBI Director James Comey, to his myriad conflicts of interest, to possible connections between his campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Despite this, Gianforte has continued to voice support for Trump.

    At the same time, voters have also been greatly frustrated by Republican legislators who not only have rushed to the president’s defense but are actively working to destroy healthcare for millions of Americans.

    Many believe the healthcare issue could prove to be the GOP’s downfall in many state-level races, including Montana.

    “Rob’s story is resonating with voters who want someone who will stand up for them,” Quist campaign spokeswoman Tina Olechowski told The Hill. “After medical complications following surgery, Rob got into debt. He paid off his debt, but Rob believes no one should ever face bankruptcy just because they get sick. Greg Gianforte supports the health care bill that would raise costs for consumers, eliminate health coverage for seventy thousand Montanans, and end protections for pre-existing conditions—all to pay for huge tax breaks for millionaires like Gianforte himself.”

    Similarly, Sanders said last month, “Rob Quist is the only person in this race who understands that we need a government in Washington that works for all Montanans and all Americans and not just the special interests and the billionaire class.”

    Despite all of his momentum, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has done little to back Quist. When asked by Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson what his relationship is with the national party, Quist said: “I really don’t have one. We’ve been running our own thing here.”

    Dickinson continues:

    The indifference from Washington, D.C., is hard to square against the party’s stated ideals for reviving its political fortunes: Quist is seeking statewide election in the fourth-largest state in the union—campaigning in towns that haven’t seen this kind of attention from Democrats in decades. But he has not received a phone call from new Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez, who won office in February vowing to compete “in every ZIP code” across the country, and insisting Democrats must invest in “rural outreach.”

    After a surprisingly narrow loss in the recent Kansas special election, the DNC drew criticism for failing to put resources into the off-the-beaten path race.

    More than $8 million has been spent so far in the Montana race, most of which has flowed towards Gianforte. Politico reported Thursday that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a $200,000 ad buy for the last week of campaigning. Meanwhile, the Center for Responsive Politics noted that “the top three outside spenders in the election—the Congressional Leadership Fund, the National Republican Congressional Committeeand theRepublican National Committee—had collectively shelled out more than $4.7 million in independent expenditures as of May 17 to oppose Quist and advocate for Gianforte.”

    “Groups backing Quist have spent a fraction in comparison,” the Center reported, “theDemocratic Congressional Campaign Committeehas outspent the others at $340,000. Other PACs on Quist’s side are theProgressive Turnout Project and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which had made independent expenditures totaling just under $200,000 and about $120,000, respectively, through May 15.”

    Gianforte raised roughly $3.3 million from late January to early May, according to the Federal Election Commission reports. According to the Center, this includes a $1 million loan the candidate made to himself.

     

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  • Snort McDork (2785 posts)
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    1. Go Rob GO

  • Charles (2390 posts)
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    2. JPR rec..

  • Green Dog Dem (3276 posts)
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    3. $4.7 million? In Montana?!

    Aloha! KamaAina in the hale (house).
  • TRex (4237 posts)
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    4. People are smart, they know the DNC is riding on Sanders coattails.

    Even if the liberal elite snarl and want to act pompous about it, people know.

    Oh sweety, no just no, when I or those of us here talk about the ultra rich - it is NOT you! Not you by a longshot, oh my God did you think...no way you actually thought we meant you? Lord, this country is full of rich stupid people and you seem to be one of the worst. No sweety, you are just a low paid pawn to those ultra rich we talk about. They are wrecking the world, you are an enabler and I understand not being able to sleep at night. I wouldn't either, selling out our future. You have kids right?  
    • MistaP (8050 posts)
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      7. their jobs are at our sufferance and they have no constituency

      all their power is borrowed: they have to get it from the DNC, and the DNC gets it by blocking competitors

      http://www.salon.com/2016/11/09/the-hillary-clinton-campaign-intentionally-created-donald-trump-with-its-pied-piper-strategy/ (Third Way = Bell Curve)
  • Post Removed (853 posts)
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    5. After a surprisingly narrow loss in the recent Kansas special election, the DNC

    LOL, after Hillery’s DNC Lost in the recent Kansas special election by Fucking over Bernie… Keep Fucking That Chicken.

  • truebluegreen (356 posts)
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    6. To be fair, Perez offered to campaign for Quist

    but he–wisely imo–declined.  Not sure how that squares with “hasn’t received a phone call” but maybe it was through channels.  The national party has contributed to the state party, but nothing like what Rob’s campaign has raised on their own (!!!).

    This race could restore my faith in the American public, that given a clear and honest choice, they will make the right one.

  • Marym625 (29647 posts)
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    8. Awesome!

    Take Action #StopFCC https://www.battleforthenet.com/breaktheinternet/ "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian