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Steve Daines set to announce political future on Wednesday

Published On: Nov 04 2013 09:19:34 PM MST
Updated On: Nov 04 2013 09:25:10 PM MST
Rep. Congressman, Steve Daines could run for U.S. Senate
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Congressman Steve Daines says he’ll use a “special event” in Bozeman Wednesday to announce the direction of his political future.

There's been plenty of speculation about who will go to battle for Senator Max Baucus' seat.  The Senator is stepping down at the end of 2014, and Daines' name is prominent on the list.  Still, Daines isn’t making any declarations yet.

When you want to know where a politician’s headed, it helps to follow the money.  Today, Daines’ money trail is screaming U.S. Senate.

According to quarterly financial reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Steve Daines closed the first quarter of 2013 with financial receipts of $252,869.  Three months later, his campaign committee had added another $430,992.  In the most recent report, Steve Daines for Montana appears to be gathering a real head of steam, adding another $642,537.

As of September 31, 2013, the Daines campaign was sitting on a pile of cash, $1,138,791. 

The candidate information on the filing says Steve Daines seeking a seat in the U.S. Senate.

We still don't know how Daines' most notable competitor is doing.  Lt. Governor John Walsh didn't announce his candidacy until October.  We'll get a look at his first quarterly report in January.

Take a closer look at the finance picture yourself.  To review the FEC reports for yourself, click here. Another helpful website is OpenSecrets.org. They break down top campaign donors by name and industries.