The Hill: Rep. Rehberg under fire after report uncovers lobbyist contributions

Montana congressman Denny Rehberg’s bid to unseat Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) took a hit Sunday after the Associated Press uncovered lobbyist contributions to the Republican hopeful’s campaign.

The AP reports that Rehberg’s campaign received about $20,000 through October from three dozen lobbyists who didn’t reveal their place of employment on federal disclosure records. The revelation could hurt Rehberg because he has relentlessly attacked Democratic first-termer Tester for being the top recipient of lobbyist campaign funding.

The Tester campaign immediately began distributing the AP story to reporters.

“This is exactly why Montanans can’t trust Dennis Rehberg,” Tester campaign spokesman Aaron Murphy said in a statement. “He just called for ‘100 percent transparency’ in campaign fundraising, then he hid the money he takes from Washington lobbyists.”

The transparency comment refers to an interview Rehberg gave to the Flathead Beacon last month. “Every dime ought to be disclosed,” Rehberg told the newspaper.

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