Uh Oh: Greg Gianforte Forced to Burn Another $4 Million to Salvage His Astro-Turfed Campaign

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Uh Oh: Greg Gianforte Forced to Burn Another $4 Million to Salvage His Astro-Turfed Campaign

Gianforte has now dumped more than $7.5 million into his own campaign, $17 million since 2016

Helena, MT – Less than two weeks before Election Day, New Jersey megamillionaire Greg Gianforte is pulling out all the stops to blunt Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney’s surging grassroots enthusiasm (read: Mike-mentum), sinking another $4 million into his floundering campaign from his personal bank account during the last month alone. 

On Sept. 23, after Lt. Gov. Cooney hammered Gianforte over his support for stripping health care away from 112,000 Montanans and eliminating protections for Montanans with pre-existing conditions, Gianforte dumped $1,000,000 into his campaign.

On Oct. 8, two days after Lt. Gov. Cooney’s dominant debate performances – described by pundits as a “clinic,” and “the highlight of his campaign” – Gianforte dumped another $1,000,000 into his campaign.

On Oct. 13, as ballots were hitting mailboxes across Montana just three weeks before Election Day, Gianforte dumped another $1,000,000 into his campaign.

And then very next day, after another poll confirmed that Cooney has closed the polling gap and is crushing Gianforte among independent voters (52-30), Gianforte dumped another $1,000,000 into his campaign.

While Gianforte relies on his own checkbook, Mike Cooney’s campaign is shattering grassroots fundraising records. During the last filing period, Cooney’s campaign raised more than $910,000 – nearly quintuple Gianforte’s fundraising haul from donors.

“New Jersey millionaire Greg Gianforte is terrified of losing, and he’s acting like it,” said Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “Gianforte can burn all the money he wants, but no amount of money is enough to make Montanans overlook his support for blocking public land access, stripping health care away from Montanans, and praising a statewide sales tax as the ‘ideal solution’ for Montana.”

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