Monday, April 19, 2010

WI-8 Fundraising Numbers

Through 3/31/10 Steve Kagen has a commanding lead in total receipts:

No doubt much of this is due to the power of incumbency,but the large number of candidates on the Republican side must also be a factor. This may or may not prove to be a problem in the long term.

In the cash on hand category, Kagen again leads by a wide margin:

On the Republican side Ribble, Roth, and Trager are all in similar positions.

There were no numbers reported for Williams, Stern, or Thomas, so they don't appear.

The biggest disappointment, has to be the numbers for Terri McCormick. In the first three months of this year, she spent about $18,000 and raised only about $9,000. Money in politics isn't everything, but it's not nothing either. At some point, I have to believe this becomes an unsustainable state of affairs for a candidate.


Anonymous said...

Will be an interesting race - next quarter should tell the story. But lets face it no one of the candidates has broken out in this race with fundraising.

Could it be that the people will get to decide the 8th Congressional this time - and we might take points away from the 3 honorable mentions "big raisers" for taking so much cash from PAC's?

Or is that too grass roots for the taste of the blog master who considers this "top news"

Anonymous said...

Only Ribble has taken a significant amount of money from PAC's. He used to be a President of a Roofing PAC or something.

I think the top 3 will continue to be the Top 3 (Ribble, Trager Roth).

I could see Trager and Roth being the Top 2 But Trager has a big $ lead on Roth but Roth has some Name ID.

Ribble has loss a ton of steam. Unless he gets some PAC $ in the next quarter he doesn't stand a chance. I think he started out with about 180K above everyone else and did break out ahead very early. But Trager caught and passed him and Roth is not far behind.

McCormick, and Savard should drop out of the race along with Williams, Thomas, Stern and whoever else has not posted numbers. They are just mudding up the water.

I think the numbers are for sure "Top News" since the GBPG only cares about Kagen.

Jeremy R. Shown said...

Anon #1 - Thanks for the comment, even if it ended on a somewhat sour note.

Two items of note. First, I've heard that "let the people decide" line over and over again in this campaign and in the news from campaigns around the country. I'm beginning to think that it's just something that gets said during primaries, no matter what's going on. But hey, I could be wrong.

Second, point taken on the PAC's but there is absolutely no way you can compare the PAC contributions of Kagen to those of the Republican challengers. They are different in kind and degree. Something I hope to say more on in the coming days.

Anon #2 I agree that Ribble seems to have lost steam and that Trager has gained. I can't help but wonder if some of this has to do with the wide field at this point.