Dem House Candidate Pam Gulleson Has An Ugly Campaign Money Burn Rate
There has been much mirth about Democrat House candidate Pam Gulleson’s recent fundraising plea, made just before the latest FEC deadline, asking supporters for money to fix her car (hilarious parody here), but maybe her campaign really is having finance problems.
Gulleson got a lot of positive attention when she announced fundraising figures that were larger than her two Republican challengers combined (Kevin Cramer has since won that primary, defeating Brian Kalk). But while Gulleson is raising a lot of money, she’s also spending a lot of money, making it look like she may be suffering from Duane Sand Syndrome (Sand is notorious in his campaigns for spending almost as much money on fundraising as he actually raises).
Embedded below is Gulleson’s campaign disclosure for the most recent fundraising reporting period (April 1st – May 23rd).
During that time Gulleson raised $97,841.
During that time Gulleson spent $97,891.
Keep in mind that this fundraising report doesn’t include any spending on broadcast advertising (television or radio). In fact, it looks as though most of Gulleson’s expenditures went to fundraising efforts and payroll, both directly and through a payroll services company called Paychex.
A candidate running a campaign so bloated that payroll is eating up fundraising is hardly a good sign for an underdog candidate like Gulleson who is going to need to build up a war chest for advertising and other campaign efforts down the stretch.