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Walsh Plagiarism Scandal Won't Be Easy to Leave Behind

As previously reported by PJ Media, the Federal Elections Commission shows the Daines campaign for Senate had $1.9 million cash on hand at the end of the second quarter. Walsh’s campaign only had $713,621 in the bank.

Net contributions for Walsh were lower than for Daines – $2.468 million for the Democrat, $3.54 million for the Republican.

The scandal overshadowed the progress of Walsh's Bring Jobs Home Act designed to close a tax loophole for companies that move overseas.

The legislation would also reward those that return jobs to the U.S. It passed an important procedural vote with strong bipartisan support July 23 -- the first step in the process to becoming law.

“This is commonsense legislation that can have a direct impact on growing our economy," Walsh said. “Today the Senate took a bipartisan step to create jobs in America and end an incentive in the tax code for outsourcing that has hurt so many working families. I hope this important bill won't get caught in the partisan politics that has brought down so many important bills this year.”

Before the vote, Walsh spoke on the Senate floor about the need to secure jobs and close the tax loopholes that incentivize outsourcing and offshoring.

The bill passed by a vote of 93 to 7.

Walsh has also sponsored a bill to close tax loopholes for corporations that move their addresses outside of the United States to avoid paying American taxes.

But that has been pushed to the back of newspapers and on the cutting room floors of television stations across Montana, and the nation. Walsh is finding out that when Jimmy Fallon opens his monologue with your problems, they become a Page One story.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee wants this on Page One: The DSCC is standing behind Walsh.

“John Walsh is a decorated war hero, and it’s disgusting that Steve Daines and Washington Republicans are going to try denigrate John’s distinguished service after multiple polls show him gaining,” said spokesman Justin Barasky in a statement released to the Washington Times. “Steve Daines should immediately denounce these latest smears and call for an end to all attacks on John Walsh’s record protecting Montana and serving his country.”

Daines has not said anything about the scandal. Neither his office nor his campaign had released a statement at the time of this report.

His House office communications director, Alee Lockman, simply said in an email that there’s nothing “to add right now. I will keep you posted.”

(For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)