Montana's 2020 election
Montana's 2020 election
The Montana Free Press guide
Republican for U.S. House
(Lost in June primary)
Stapleton, a former state senator, was elected secretary of state in 2016. He has an engineering degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and previously worked as a financial adviser in Billings.

Key coverage in the race for U.S. House

Race profile: Representing Montana in the U.S. House, who can bring a cure for health care?

U.S. House candidates Kathleen Williams and Matt Rosendale have made health care central to their campaigns. They may agree on a few details, but their proposed paths forward could hardly be more divergent.

Montana Lowdown: Matt Rosendale

State Auditor Matt Rosendale interviewed by MTFP Editor-In-Chief John Adams before the June 2020 primary

Montana Lowdown: Kathleen Williams

Former Rep. Kathleen Williams interviewed by MTFP Editor-In-Chief John Adams before the June 2020 primary

Montana PBS debate: U.S. House

Video of Williams and Rosendale at their Montana PBS debate Sept. 23
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Campaign finance

As a federal candidate, Stapleton has a campaign committee that files financial reports with the Federal Election Commission. Data shown here, current through 09/30/2020, is pulled from the FEC website for the 2019-20 election cycle.
Total raised
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Note: Fundraising components shown here don't necessarily sum to total fundraising because of miscellaneous receipts and accounting adjustments. Self-financing includes candidate contributions and campaign loans.

Contributions by zip code: Corey Stapleton (R)

Map includes contributions through 06/29/2020.
Portion of individual receipts from Montana
Itemized individual contributions reported
Number at $2,800 contribution limit
Note: Small individual donors totalling $200 or less in contributions aren’t necessarily reported in itemized data used for map. Individual contributions to federal candidates are limited to $2,800.

On the issues

Issue statements were solicited from active candidates via a written questionnaire before the June primary election. Answers were lightly edited for punctuation and spelling.

Particularly as the nation deals with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, what federal action would you support to help create good, high-paying jobs for Montana workers?

The private sector is the proper entity for creating jobs. In partnership with the federal government, I support a variety of broad financial grant programs from government targeted toward our business, health care, education, agriculture, natural resource and manufacturing industries.

What separates you from your primary opponents as your party’s best candidate to represent Montana in Washington, D.C.?

I'm the only military veteran elected to statewide office in Montana. My father served in the Army, I served in the Navy, my son now serves in the Marine Corps. Public service is a family tradition, and five generations of my family have called Montana “home.” I've never lost to a Democrat (in 20 years) and I won my last race by 72,000 votes.

If elected to the House, how would you attempt to bridge partisan divides to represent the concerns of Montanans who don't share your political orientation in Washington D.C.?

I have worked across the aisle with Jon Tester, Carol Williams, Mike Cooney, countless other Democrats — for years. Being an officer and gentleman is a choice.

Would you have voted to impeach President Donald Trump based on the evidence presented to the U.S. House last year? Why?

No. That's why we have elections, to keep or remove presidents at the ballot box.

Do you see reining in the federal debt as a priority? If so, how should that be accomplished? If you support new taxes, whom specifically should that burden fall on? If you support spending cuts, which specific places in the federal budget should be targeted? (We assume that working to minimize waste, fraud and abuse is a given.)

As secretary of state, I've saved millions of dollars by consolidating the Helena office from four locations down to one (in the state Capitol). I do see reining in debt as a top priority, as I have always been a fiscal “hawk.” That being said… I support the federal government spending money to stave off a national economic depression.

Spending cuts can be made in agencies best run from the 50 states, by transferring expensive Washington, D.C. bureaucracy to the less-expensive (and equally capable) government workers who live and work across the nation.

Do you support keeping the Affordable Care Act in place? What if any alternate federal policies would you support to promote Montanans’ access to safe, affordable health care?

Five Congresses have come and gone since Obamacare became law. It's here. The trick is to make it better, and the path towards that is ensuring all Americans have health care which covers pre-existing conditions. The health care costs for 11 million illegal immigrants should be negotiated between the U.S. and (primarily) Mexico, and not be included in the Affordable Care Act accounting.

Do you believe the federal government has enacted effective policies to keep Montana’s family-owned farms viable businesses? If not, which pieces of federal policy would you push to change?

In a 4-1 vote on the Montana Land Board, I was the only statewide elected official who opposed the Montana government's purchase of a 17,000 acre working farm near Miles City (Angela Farm). The federal and state governments are destroying family farms and disrupting markets. I'm very disappointed, to say the least. I served on the agriculture committee in the Montana state Senate my whole tenure, and I look to bring that experience and leadership to Washington, D.C.

Should the federal government consider transferring some federally held land into state ownership?

Yes. There are times when it makes a lot of sense, and both sides benefit. For example, I was the lead sponsor of Montana's Otter Creek coal legislation, which would have produced five billion dollars of economic activity in Eastern Montana. That transaction was transferring federal lands (the coal tracts) to the state, in a land swap for a gold mine.

States like Montana are generally much better stewards of government land than the slower, more bureaucratic federal government. (Forest fires, for example.)

Do you support the Montana Water Rights Protection Act implementing the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes Water Compact in its current form before Congress?


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