Skip to comments.Baucus tops with large out-of-state donations
Posted on 03/28/2002 8:00:40 AM PST by rmmcdaniell
HELENA - U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., has received the highest proportion of large-dollar, out-of-state contributions of all the candidates for the Senate this year, a Capitol Hill newspaper reported Wednesday.
The Hill said Baucus has received 86.9 percent of his individual donations of more than $200 from out-of-state donors.
He was followed by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, at 82.9 percent and Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., at 77.2 percent, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission and compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group.
These Democrats' opponents have criticized them for their reliance on dollars from outside their home states, the article said.
"These charges are sure to become more pronounced in future elections when, thanks to newly enacted campaign finance laws, Senate candidates will be obliged to finance multimillion-dollar campaigns through limited hard-dollar contributions," the article said. "Reliance on out-of-state money will hit small-state senators the hardest because they have the fewest constituents to tap."
So far Baucus has raised a total of $3,741,323, with about half, or $1,871,779, coming from special-interest political action committees, or PACs, and the remainder from individuals.
The Center for Responsible Politics statistics showed Baucus had raised $1,638,855 in individual donations greater than $200 from Jan. 1, 1997, through Dec. 31, 2001. Of those, 86.9 percent, or $1,384,407, are from out-of-state donors, while 13.1 percent, or $208,248, are from Montana residents.
One of Baucus' Republican opponents, state Sen. Mike Taylor, R-Proctor, was quoted in the article as saying of Baucus: "When you vote over 80 percent of the time with the Eastern liberal and Western liberal establishment, it's no wonder that close to 90 percent of your money comes from out of state because you represent their interests and not Montana interests."
Baucus spokesman Bill Lombardi said the Democratic senator officially filed for re-election on Feb. 15 and is gearing up his campaign in Montana now.
"More than two-thirds of his contributors are from Montana during this cycle," Lombardi told the State Bureau. "And he's proud of the fact that he's got individual contributors from all 56 counties in Montana. The last six months, almost three-quarters of the individual contributors are from Montana.
"The fact is that one of his opponent is a multimillionaire who is attempting to buy this election, and he's already dumped in more than a half-million dollars of his own money."
Lombardi's comment referred to Taylor, who has put $551,200 of personal money into his campaign through loans and donations to himself. Taylor has raised $666,084 through Dec. 31, with his personal cash making up 83 percent of the money collected by then.
Taylor donated $45,200 to his own campaign in June and then made a $506,000 loan to his campaign in late December. Loans made by candidates to their campaigns do not have to be repaid and rarely are.
According to the way the Center for Responsive Politics categorizes the donation, 92 percent of Taylor's money, or $74,625, comes from within the state and 9 percent, or $6,950, comes from out of state. (The percentages don't add to 100 percent because of rounding off.) The loan is not figured in the calculations.