Wednesday, April 15, 2009

BREAKING: Wasinger contributions fall by nearly half, still no contributions from the first district

I've been nearly shocked to my core. FEC reports are slowly trickling in and Rob Wasinger's has finally been posted. It shows only $55,000 in contributions this quarter, which is only about half of what he reported to have raised last quarter.

More shocking, still no contributions from the first district. That makes two reports in a row that Rob has been unable to find a single person in the district he wants to represent to contribute to his campaign.

I've only given his report a cursory glance as well as Barker and Boldra, but here's what I've noted so far that I'll expand on over the next few days:

  • The word Virginia appears way too many times in Wasinger's itemized contributions. I'll have a geographical breakdown later.
  • Barker only brought in around $23,000 but loaned his campaign $100,000. I guess it pays to be CEO of a bankrupt ethanol plant.
  • Boldra reported only $9000, but all but two contributions were from the first district. Somebody send Wasinger a memo that fundraising in western Kansas is possible.
  • Wasinger reported spending just over $3,000 for fund raising letters. HSP Direct isn't the name on the expenditure but the address is the exact same. Hmmm...
  • Three expenditures from Wasinger's campaign were spent in the first district for a grand total of $1033.64 out of over $25,000 spent. So much for first district "economic development."
  • A Google Alert turned up a letter to the editor from Tim Huelskamp to the Hutchinson News clarifying a contribution from "AIG." Turns out it was from an agent who used to sell insurance for AIG, who also happens to live in the first district. I wonder if KSNBC-01 will be printing a retraction to their previous post? I won't hold my breath.
As of right now, Huelskamp's report isn't up. Tracey Mann won't have a report as he didn't file until after April 1.

I'll have more over the next few days.


Anonymous said...

Now Tim, you know you have raised the most this quarter. Just come out and say it. But you should also mention that you got A LOT of money from Wichita, Kansas City, Topeka, and Lawrence. Last time I checked none were in the 1st district. Also - why are you spending so much with the Topeka printing company ($4500 worth)singularis group? Aren't you suppose to be about helping FIRST DISTRICT businesses??? Oh I see - helping out your old friend Kris Van Meteren. Politics as usual folks.

Anonymous said...

So much for Wassington.

No contributions from the 1st.

He's trailing Barker,

And his blog folded.

He's proven that people in Virginia and New York like him, and he clearly likes them. I think Virginia just found themselves a candidate.

Anonymous said...

You're seriously going to attack Huelskamp for spending money in Topeka when Rob was the one who said every penny of his campaign cash would be spent in the first district? Are you guys that desperate now?

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farmerjoe said...

I'm flattered!