- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte has given another $660,000 to his campaign as he and incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock began flooding the airwaves with ads.

The Bozeman technology entrepreneur has given his campaign more than $1.6 million total, and he pledged to match every contribution he receives.

Including Gianforte’s contributions of $650,000 in cash and $10,579 in in-kind expenses, his campaign collected $837,918 between July 28 and Aug. 27. That’s according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday.

He spent more than $641,000 during that period. More than $483,000 of that was spent on television, radio and online advertising.

Bullock has also started spending heavily on ads, reporting more than $421,000 over the last month.

The governor raised nearly $271,000 last month and has $1.3 million in the bank. Gianforte was left with about $271,000.

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