Incumbent Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer ended 2013 with almost $300,000 in cash on hand and no announced challenger from Democrats. Now in April Cramer finally has a Democrat opponent – state Senator George Sinner – and he just filed his fundraising report for the first quarter of 2014 showing he has over $500,000 in the bank.
Sinner’s report hasn’t been posted by the FEC yet. I’ll post it when it is available.
Cramer raised over $269,000 during the reporting period, which ran from January 1st through March 31st, and spent $58,000.
So far in the 2014 election cycle Cramer has raised $458,260 from individuals and $272,500 from political action committees for a total of $730,760.
Incumbency does wonders for fundraising, though Cramer isn’t necessarily getting a windfall from Washington DC and other out of state sources. Most of his contributions are coming from North Dakotans.
Looking at Cramer’s $386,082 in itemized individual contributions ($72,178 worth of contributions were below the amount that requires reporting), just over $120,000 came from out of state while over $266,000 came from in state.
Meaning almost 70 percent of Cramer’s contributions came from North Dakotans.