Published Jnuary 12, 2016
HELENA, MONTANA—Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction and Democratic candidate for Congress Denise Juneau on Monday announced that in just eight weeks she has already raised more than a quarter-million dollars in her campaign to bring an independent and Montana-focused voice to the United States House of Representatives.
Denise Juneau is an enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Tribes and a descendant of the Blackfeet Tribe. She is the first American Indian woman in Montana to ever be elected to a statewide office – serving as the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2009 and winning re-election in 2012. As Superintendent, she has worked to strengthen the state’s public schools, boost graduation rates to historic levels, invest in Montana’s economy and job growth, and help make sure that the state’s public lands remain public.
Since launching her campaign at the beginning of November, Juneau reported raising $263,803 – more than any previous Democratic candidate for the U.S. House in Montana raised in their first fundraising period. That total is made up of 1,029 individual donors, 85 percent of whom are from Montana.
“For too long, our state’s lone vote in the U.S. House has been cast by one extreme, out-of-touch representative after another – congressmen less focused on getting things done for our state, and more focused on getting elected to higher office,” Juneau said.
“I’m running for Congress to change that. My campaign is focused on doing what’s best for Montana first and foremost, with a commitment to helping create new opportunities for working families here at home. The enormous support we have already received from all across our state is proof that Montanans are ready for that change, and 2016 is the year it’s going to happen.”
Of the $263,803 raised this quarter, the campaign has $239,601 remaining in the bank – saving valuable resources for the road ahead. By comparison, Ryan Zinke regularly spends between 50 to 80 percent of what he raises each quarter, mostly on travel, out-of-state fundraising activities, and numerous high-priced consultants. In fact, in the first nine months of 2015, Zinke spent a staggering $1.4 million on those activities – depleting more than 68 percent of what he’d raised.
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