Senator Heidi Heitkamp took in another windfall in campaign cash in the second quarter of 2017.
Her campaign took in over $1.2 million in campaign contributions, and ended the quarter with over $3 million in cash on hand. That according to the latest report from the FEC.
So far in the 2018 election cycle Heitkamp’s campaign has raised over $5.18 million.
Not bad for someone who is posting herself as undecided when it comes to running for re-election in 2018. Heitkamp, based on the fundraising reports filed so far, seems to be the only incumbent politician in the state who is already in active campaign mode.
Politicians. They’re disingenuous. What are you going to do?
What’s interesting is that of $1.2 million in 2nd quarter fundraising, over 94.5 percent of it came from outside of North Dakota.
You can check out the itemized receipts for yourself right here. Interestingly, Heitkamp seems to be accelerating her rate of out of state fundraising.
She raised just 5.49 percent of her campaign cash from North Dakotans in the second quarter, which is actually an even lower rate than the 6.8 percent she got from North Dakotans in the first quarter.
It’s not a good look for Heitkamp, though the tactic is understandable.
Heitkamp is extremely vulnerable this election cycle. So her goal right now, just two quarters into the 2018 election cycle, isn’t so much how she is perceived by rank-and-file voters who mostly aren’t paying attention to this minutiae anyway. Her goal is how she’s perceived by political insiders and operatives.
This is an intimidation game. Heitkamp is demonstrating to those who might want to try and unseat her that she is going to have a war chest packed full of cash at her disposal.
Heitkamp can win this election before it even begins if she can stop the strongest Republican candidates from even entering the race.