Fully aware that she’s in a vulnerable electoral position in the 2018 political cycle, first term North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp has been working on filling her campaign coffers so that she can effectively fight off any Republican challenge.
But most of itemized donations from individuals to her campaign have been, by far, from out of state.
In the first quarter of 2017 Heitkamp got just 6.8 percent of her campaign cash from North Dakotans.
In the second quarter just 5.5 percent came from North Dakotans.
Third quarter fundraising figures were just released by the FEC, and through September 30 Heitkamp got just 3 percent of her itemized individual contributions from North Dakotans.
Of the $739,218 in itemized, individual contributions Heitkamp received to her campaign in Q3, just $21,318 came from North Dakota. Contrast that with the more than $191,000 the Senator received from New Yorkers and the $124,452 she received from Californians.
Heitkamp actually raised more money from employees of financial giant Goldman Sachs ($39,600) than she did from North Dakotans.
That’s not a good look for an incumbent Democrat in a state President Donald Trump won by nearly 36 percentage points.
It’s especially not a good look for someone who was endorsed by a left wing group dedicated to “driving big money out of politics.”
State Senator Tom Campbell, the only Republican in the race against Heitkamp so far, hasn’t seen his Q3 report processed and made available online by the FEC as of this morning.