Sand Campaign Has More Debt Than Cash

Money isn’t everything in politics (as candidates who don’t raise a lot of money will tell you), but the ability to raise money and mount a credible campaign is important. Republican Senate candidate Duane Sand is known for putting up impressive fundraising numbers, but he’s also known for spending a lot of money to do that fundraising.

Sand’s year-end numbers for 2011 continue that trend:

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Duane Sand raised $181,000 in the last three months of last year, and spent almost as much during the same time.

Sand’s Federal Election Commission disclosure filing on Thursday shows $164,000 in expenses along with his fundraising totals. Much of it was spent on direct mail.

His report lists about $80,000 cash in the bank at the end of last year and almost $117,000 in debts.

That means Sand is roughly $57,000 underwater in his campaign so far. At this point, he needs to be less worried about winning the NDGOP nomination than raising enough money to retire that debt lest he end this election cycle with years worth of debt to pay off.

By the way, Sand’s fundraiser in New York City with Dick Morris was yesterday. It’s a good thing this disappointing fundraising report is out today instead of yesterday. I can’t imagine a lot of would-be contributors willing to pony up cash for a candidate this far in the hole.

Rob Port is the editor of 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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  • Jamermorrow

    How can somebody that can’t handle their own finances handle the countries finances? Duane Sand must really hate the private sector because he sure tries to stay out of it.

  • Tim Heise

    Agreed. I have never understood how people can go into debt during campaigns. I think it is telling. Am I wrong?

  • Dustin Gawrylow

    There’s a lot of insider baseball here.  “Debt” in a campaign includes “accounts payable”.  Every business in the world runs some level of accounts payable.  FEC reports don’t include what the terms of that debt is.  As long as the debt is not to a bank with the campaign/candidate liable, it’s not exactly cut and dry.

  • Cherz1967

    What is sad is that Sand’s political career is over.  He’s gone to the well and lost too many times.  He has a reputation for being a loser and that will be a hard reputation to break against Berg and even harder to shake once beaten.

    • Geoff

      Couldn’t agree more. He is a proven loser. I like the guy, but he’s just not a winner. Thanks for trying though. More balls than I have

  • Jimmypop

    if it was $1m then we are talking. this is nothing in the scheme of things.

  • GrandForksMom

    How can any of you like or back a man trying to put a nuclear power plant in the Red River Valley? 

  • Chiron_Venizelos

    Duane Sand is a decent human being with good values from everything I know.  It’s ironic that Berg won’t debate him.  I will support Duane strictly on that account because Berg has been an obfuscator on too many occasions.  Either way though, the important thing is that Harry Reid loses his majority in the Senate; it’s just my feelings that Duane Sand would be the better choice to push for the Keystone Pipeline and to repeal -0bamacare.