Tester raises record $2.3 million in third quarter

Montana farmer has $1.3 million in cash-on-hand

BILLINGS, Mont.— Jon Tester raised more than $2.3 million between July 1 and September 30—a quarterly record for the Montana farmer.

Tester’s campaign had more than $1.3 million in cash on hand as of September 30.

Tester, as always, will voluntarily submit his quarterly fundraising report electronically to the Federal Election Commission, where it will be publicly available to all Montanans.

Unlike lobbyist-turned-Congressman Dennis Rehberg, Tester ensures his campaign contributions are transparent.

Earlier this year, Rehberg failed to disclose the occupations of one out of every seven campaign donors as required.  Last year, Rehberg hid $25,000 he took from lobbyists.

Campaign Manager Preston Elliott said Tester’s powerful, transparent fundraising is needed to fight back against the millions of dollars in out-of-state TV advertising on Rehberg’s behalf.

“Out-of-state, secretive special interests have spent nearly $10 million on TV ads trying to buy votes for Congressman Rehberg over the past year,” Elliott said.  “Jon Tester always puts Montanans first, so when it comes to fundraising we rely on their momentum and the transparency we all deserve and have gotten from Jon.”