Montana Democrat and gubernatorial candidate Whitney Williams is a fundraising tour de force.
Williams, the daughter of former U.S. Representative Pat Williams and former Montana Senate Majority Leader Carol Williams, has amassed a campaign war chest that leads the Democratic field.
According to the Montana Free Press, Williams has raked in $431,768, but with only 24.2% of that total coming from Montana donors. (Mike Cooney comes in second among Democrats, at $399,375, with Casey Schreiner following with just over $80,000.)
Don Pogreba of The Montana Post expanded on the Montana Free Press’ reporting and created a chart detailing, among other things, the percentage of funds raised by each candidate from in-state donors.
Here is the breakdown, in descending order:
- Al Olszewski (R): 96.2%
- Reilly Neill (D): 90.0%
- Casey Schreiner (D): 84.9%
- Tim Fox (R): 84.3%
- Greg Gianforte (R): 79.7%
- Mike Cooney (D): 78.7%
- Whitney Williams (D): 24.2%
While some might chafe at Williams’ extreme reliance on outside money to influence our governor’s race, rest assured that Williams does not actually want out-of-staters telling us how to vote:
If an out-of-stater comes here to “tell” us how to vote, that’s bad. But if an out-of-stater wants to write her a check, that’s good.