Heidi Heitkamp’s Fundraising Numbers Have Slowed Significantly


In order to ensure that the media reports only the most positive spin of her fundraising numbers, Heidi Heitkamp has released some information from her numbers to the media before making it available publicly through the FEC. Thus, the media reports the numbers her campaign wants to accentuate and are less likely to run follow-up story on the less-convenient aspects later when all the data is made public.

But if we read between the lines on this report from The Hill, it’s pretty clear that Heitkamp had a less-than-strong showing in the first quarter. She raised $450,000 in the last two months of the last quarter, but only $590,000 in the three months of the first quarter (when you take out the $120,000 transferred from the extra-special trial lawyer campaign fund she set up):

Heitkamp brought in $590,000 in contributions, and another $120,000 was transferred from other committees, including those that held joint fundraisers with Heitkamp. …

The first-quarter haul offered further evidence of fundraising success for Heitkamp, who raised about $450,000 in the last quarter of 2011 despite being in the race for less than two months.

I’m not sure barely eclipsing what she rose in an abbreviated 4th quarter in 2011 (when, again, you take out the special trial lawyer money) in her first full quarter is “fundraising success.” But that’s why Heitkamp pre-sells her fundraising numbers to the media before releasing the full report publicly.

You’ve got to hand it to her campaign. They are savvy when it comes to managing the media.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    Rob, did that count the check you sent her?

    • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

      No, but I counted yours!

      • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

         Oh, that’s right.  You were giving her in-kind donations helping her with her internet presence. 

  • Dakotacyr

    You got this from “reading between the lines”? Geesh, you just like just making shit up!

    • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

      Im not making anything uo. Her fundraising rate has slowed considerably. Thats just math.

      • Dakotacyr

        What math are you using?  It has not slowed considerably.  You get overwrought and exaggerate.

        • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

          Ill have a post up tomorrow showing Heitkamps per day fundraising rate has slowed 20%.

  • cylde

    I get on the internet every morning and go to this blog and see Heidis mug. I never drink that much anymore to wake up to be punished for overindulging like that. Hopefully she will lose and find a job pulling a plow so you will not need to report on her efforts to give us socialism.

    • Demosthenes

       While your political posturing is fine; Your insinuation on her physical appearance is elementary and adolescent. Please tell me you have yet to populate this earth with more idiots like yourself.

  • Demosthenes

    Again, 501 c then SuperPAC it up.

  • Jay

    Will the Dakota lefties commit mass suicide if Berg stomps Heitkamp in November? They won’t have any more Obama lapdogs to march in lockstep to Dear Leader’s whims in Washington anymore.

  • Hal706

    How much money does she need when the ND Leftist Media is in her back pocket?  The public is very engaged, she will not come close. 

    • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

      Thats true. Forum Communications should have to report their articles as in-kind contributions.

  • ec99

    As I said a long time ago, the Heitkamps believe they are the Kennedys of North Dakota.  The senate seat belongs to her in her mind.