BERNING IN MONTANA – Quist leans on Sanders to charge up Montana Democrats,” by Campaign Pro’s Elena Schneider:
“At five rallies scattered across the state, Sanders and Quist tapped into the populist streak that runs through Montana, hitting on themes of women’s health and getting dark money out of politics. In the two-day tour, Sanders and Quist catered to the same swath of voters that delivered victory for the former in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, hoping that those voters will deliver again …
Some national Republicans are already pointing fingers at Gianforte more so than Republican disarray in Washington. Gianforte, dogged by reports that he blocked stream access on his ranch, dumped $5 million of his own money into his 2016 gubernatorial bid but lost by 4 points to Gov. Steve Bullock, even as President Donald Trump won Montana by 20. ‘Greg Gianoforte is basically an unpopular incumbent trying to get reelected.
Quist has $5 million and used that to attack Gianforte on TV, and that reminds people why they didn’t like him six months ago,’ said a GOP strategist who’s working on the race. ‘It’s close, but Gianforte is keeping it at a single digit lead.'” Full story.
FEC WEEKEND – RNC doubled up DNC in April: The Republican National Committee raised $9.6 million and had $41.4 million on hand in April, according to newly filed FEC reports, while the Democratic National Committee raised $4.7 million and had $8.8 million in the bank, while spending more than it raised. In the House, the NRCC raised $10 million and had $31.3 million on hand after April, while the DCCC raised $9.1 million and had $16.6 million on hand.
2018 WATCH – Republican businesswoman Lena Epstein, a former co-chairwoman of the Trump campaign in Michigan, is announcing that she’s running for Senate to unseat Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow. In a release out Monday: “Politicians have failed us, and Michigan citizens are looking for another way…I will take the fight directly to Debbie Stabenow because she has failed the people of Michigan after almost two decades in Washington with no major accomplishments. Twenty years of nothing is more than enough. Michigan deserves better.”
NEW THIS MORNING – Congressional Leadership Fund launches new TV ad on GA-06:
The GOP super PAC’s latest TV ad – part of its record-setting investment in the special election – attacks Democrat Jon Ossoff for his “loyalty to Nancy Pelosi and ties to West Coast liberal donors,” per a memo from the group.
The ad features actors standing in front of San Francisco landmarks, saying things like: “There’s a reason Bay Area liberals have contributed more to Jon Ossoff’s campaign than people in Georgia. He’s one of us.” Watch the ad here.
RECRUITING STATION – “Democrats Enlist Veterans Ahead of 2018 House Elections,” by the Wall Street Journal’s Reid Epstein: “Fifteen veterans have already launched 2018 House campaigns, and 10 more may enter races by this summer, Democratic officials say. … For the first time this year, the DCCC is working with VoteVets, a liberal political-action committee with which the party’s House campaign arm has often been at odds. VoteVets, which in the past has backed Democratic veterans in primary challenges, is now targeting competitive general election races. … VoteVets is set this week to endorse Ms. Houlahan, along with Jason Crow against GOP Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado and Doug Applegate and Josh Butner against GOP Reps. Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter in Southern California.
– “In upstate New York, former Army intelligence officer Pat Ryan is preparing to challenge GOP Rep. John Faso. … Dan Feehan, a 34-year-old Army veteran who served as a Defense Department official in the Obama administration, is preparing to run in” open MN-01, being vacated by Democratic Rep. Tim Walz. Full story.