MAY 20, 2020 — RELEASE:
Money, Momentum Surging For Williams in Final Days in Push for New MT Leadership
Whitney Williams today reported raising a total of $1 million in her race for governor, saying supporters want new leadership to take on the tough new challenges facing Montana.
Her campaign, in a filing today with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, reported raising $147,544 in the last reporting period — from April 16 through May 14, 2020, bringing her total fundraising to $996,289 through that reporting period.
Campaign fundraising donations have surged in recent days and Williams’ campaign reports that the momentum for new leadership and energy from supporters has pushed her fundraising totals to $1,018,000 ($1.018 million) through May 19. Williams announced her candidacy for governor on October 3, 2019.
“Montanans across the state want a new generation of leadership to help us recover from these challenging times, and the surge in momentum and fundraising shows that,” Williams said. “In these final days, we’ll continue to get our message out that Montanans want leadership, energy, and new ideas, a champion for clean water, public lands and women, and a candidate who can lead us into a bright future.”
Williams’ fundraising report shows three important trends:
- That Williams can raise significant resources to compete in a general election against Greg Gianforte
- That Williams has money to communicate her message of leadership to Montanans
- That with her cash on hand Williams can compete in the final days of the primary race and into a tough general election
Williams ended the recent reporting period with $300,882 in cash on hand for the election.
Williams also noted that her campaign spent $158,170 in this reporting period on television, digital and radio ads to communicate directly with Montana voters. Williams’ fundraising has allowed her to do more direct communication with voters than her primary opponent.
“We need to recognize in this difficult time the sacrifices Montanans have made to help control this virus and protect Montanans’ health and safety,” Williams said. “I’m deeply grateful for the support that I’ve received, and I’ll be the strong leader Montana needs to steer us into the future with new energy and ideas. We can do this if we work together. I’ll fight every day as governor to protect Montanans’ health and rebuild our economy for all folks across our extraordinary state.”
Williams is a sixth-generation Montanan and businesswoman who founded her own company working alongside Fortune 500 companies and charities to solve tough problems, like helping folks get back on their feet after disaster strikes and opening new markets for farmers struggling to make ends meet.
Her running mate is Buzz Mattelin, a Culbertson farmer who also serves as the president of the National Barley Growers Association.
“Together, we’re ready to take on the new challenges facing Montana,” Williams said.