(BILLINGS, Mont.) – U.S. Senate candidate John Walsh has raised more than $1.5 million since launching his campaign in October, bringing in more than $946,000 in the last fundraising quarter alone.
His campaign, Walsh for Montana, has nearly $700,000 cash on hand after investing in a flight of early campaign commercials in February and March.
The overwhelming momentum reflects the growing enthusiasm for Walsh’s leadership in the Senate and the Montana principles that guide his work.
“In just a few short weeks as a U.S. Senator, John Walsh has tackled threats to civil liberties, he’s proposed responsible spending cuts, fought for jobs that rely on Montana’s clean air and water, and as the Senate’s only Iraq War veteran, he’s taken the lead on improving mental health care for combat veterans,” said Walsh for Montana Campaign Manager Aaron Murphy. “No wonder Montanans are excited about John Walsh. While pundits are wrapped up in the national political climate, our dials are tuned to Montana voters and they’re leading the charge to elect John this fall.”
Since taking office on February 11, Walsh has proposed legislation to protect Constitutional rights by restricting the NSA and FBI’s federal surveillance programs. He’s taken a lead on legislation to preserve Montanan’s outdoor heritage, including the North Fork Watershed Protection Act, the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act and Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.
Walsh has co-sponsored measures that would authorize Congress and states to regulate campaign finance – pushing back against devastating decisions like Citizens United and McCutcheon vs. FEC. He sponsored on a bill to reform military justice and its handling of sexual assault, and has stood up to demand equal work for equal pay.
Walsh has signed onto a measure to protect Medicare and Social Security from cuts and spoken out against efforts to transform those programs into expensive voucher systems.
As the only Senator to have served in the Iraq War, Walsh is also focused on Montana’s veteran population – among the highest per capita in the country. He received national recognition for his initiative to prevent veteran suicide by improving the quality of care and expanding access to mental health services.