Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tim Walberg's Pre-Primary Fundraising

Rather than file a second quarter report with the FEC only to file again a week and a half later, both Congressman Walberg and state Senator Schauer chose to combine their reports. The following covers Tim Walberg's fundraising in the period from April 01, 2008 to July 16, 2008:

Column A
This Period
Column B
11. Contributions (other than loans) From:
(a) Individuals/Persons Other than Political Committees
(i) Itemized130352.26
(ii) Unitemized27014.49
(iii) Total Of Contributions From Individuals157366.75644328.86
(b) Political Party Commitees8902.808902.80
(c) Other Political Committees (such as PACS)197172.20535006.06
(d) The Candidate0.00500.00
(e) Total Contributions (11(a)(iii) + (b) + (c))363441.751188737.72
12. Transfers From Other Authorized Committees0.00747.50
13. Loans
(a) Made Or Guaranteed By The Candidate0.000.00
(b) All Other Loans0.000.00
(c) Total Loans ((a) + (b))0.000.00
14. Offsets to Operating Expenditures (Refunds, Rebates, etc) 0.0012872.89
15. Other Receipts1482.755986.97
16. Total Receipts (11(e) + 12 + 13(c) + 14 + 15) 364924.501208345.08
17. Operating Expenditures114253.70445699.68
18. Transfers to Other Authorized Committees0.000.00
19. Loan Repayments:
(a) Of Loans Made or Guaranteed by the Candidate0.000.00
(b) Of All Other Loans0.000.00
(c) Total Loan Repayments ((a) + (b)) 0.000.00
20. Refunds of Contributions To:
(a) Individuals/Persons Other Than Political Committees0.002350.00
(b) Political Party Committees0.000.00
(c) Other Political Committees (such as PACs) 0.00294.12
(d) Total Contribution Refunds (28(a) + (b) + (c)) 0.002644.12
21. Other Disbursements0.000.00
22. Total Disbursements (17 + 18 + 19(c) + 20(d) + 21) 114253.70448343.80
23. Cash On Hand At Beginning Of Reporting Period604466.54
24. Total Receipts This Period (line 16) 364924.501208345.08
25. Subtotal (23 + 24) 969391.04
26. Total Disbursements This Period (line 22) 114253.70448343.80
27. Cash On Hand At Close Of The Reporting Period (25 - 26) 855137.34

Congressman Walberg raised $364,924.50 in the three-and-a-half months covered here. Of that, $157,366.75 came from individual donors, with the bulk of it-- $130,352.26-- coming in contributions of $200 or more. It's worth noting that over half of Walberg's receipts-- $197,172.20-- came from Political Action Committees, plus another $8,902.80 from other candidates.

For the entire election cycle, Walberg has raised a total of $1,188,737.72. After spending $114,253.70 in this period, Walberg has $855,137.34 cash-on-hand.

This period also included both NRCC chair Tom Cole's visit and the Livonia fundraiser with President George W. Bush.

Congressman Walberg's itemized receipts (over $200) can be found here. Here are some committee contributions that I found interesting:
  • The Brad Smith for Congress Committee, left over from 2004, contributed $100. This was one of three contributions by that committee (the others were to a Michigan Supreme Court candidate and to the Hillsdale County Republican Party).
  • Citizens United Political Victory Fund contributed $1,000. This is a right-wing group that actively and openly engages in push polls and attacks people like me as "ultra-liberal."
  • CoalPAC contributed $1,500.
  • Eagle Forum PAC, who stopped the ERA and are the creative minds behind "Conservapedia" and other projects, contributed $2,000.
  • "Friends of John Boehner," House Minority Leader, contributed $2,000.
  • Club for Growth PAC contributed $8,300.
  • Midnight Sun PAC, the leadership PAC of corrupt Congressman Don Young, contributed $1,000.
  • The NRCC contributed $3,500.
This is by no means a complete list, and since the deadline, Walberg has received another $4,000 from other committees.

Congressman Walberg's disbursements can be found here. For the most part, they all seem pretty straight-forward.

Overall, this was a fair quarter for Walberg. He took in $365,000, though most of that didn't come from individual donors. Unfortunately, he was out-raised once again by his leading Democratic opponent. That always bodes badly for an incumbent congressman.

As of July 09, 2008, I have been working with the Schauer for Congress campaign in Lenawee County. My thoughts and writings are my own opinions, and I do not speak for Senator Schauer or anyone else in his organization.

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