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Dems Pour Another $400k into Very Losable Montana Special Election

Meanwhile, the AP caught Democrat Rob Quist for inaccurately reporting his income by $57,000…

Rob Quist Montana

With less than three weeks to go in Montana’s special congressional election, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced it’s pouring another $400,000 into the race, bringing their total investment in Democrat and musician Rob Quist to $600,000.

On April 20, the DCCC invested $200,000 in the folk singer, which was used to buy political ads for Quist’s campaign. According to [DCCC spokesperson Meredith] Kelly, the additional money will be invested in a program aimed at getting likely independent and Democratic voters to vote by mail, which accounts for approximately 60 percent of Montana’s voters, as well as to buy more TV ads.

While the money will undoubtedly help Quist, the question among political observers is: how much? Polling has been sparse in the contest, but one poll showed Quist trailing Republican Greg Gianforte by 12 percentage points, and another showed Quist trailing by 15.

Meanwhile, Quist is in a bit of hot water for failing to report $57,000 – or about $16,000 more than the average annual wage of all Montanans – on a financial disclosure form. Quist only rectified the error after an Associated Press inquiry:

Quist’s campaign filed a new disclosure statement with the U.S. House last week after The Associated Press sought an explanation for discrepancies in his initial disclosure document and on his 2016 income tax returns. Federal ethics law requires congressional candidates to file a one-time accounting of their personal finances.

In the report Quist originally filed, he listed his joint income with his wife at $79,000, but the updated figure showed the Quists made $136,000 in 2016.