2008 Recount: Burner Actually Raised More Than Reichert in the Third Quarter
posted by October 16 at 8:21 AMon
Over at On the Road to 2008, blogger Daniel Kirkdorffer completely busts Rep. Dave Reichert’s initial and deceptive spin on his third quarter fundraising.
Kirkdorffer reports that Reichert counted $47,100 in his grand total that he shouldn’t have. While Reicert did initially receive the $47,100 in question, he ultimately had to return it to donors who had made excess contributions.
This is significant because initial reports put Reichert’s third quarter fund raising at $340,800 while Democratic challenger Darcy Burner had raised a little over $300,000.
Subtract the nearly $50K from Reichert’s totals, and he really raised $295,538.74—compared to Burner’s $306,783.
Here’s Kirkdorffer’s report, including a screen shot of the relevant FEC records, and this good news for Burner:
More impressively, 89% of Burner’s contributions this election cycle came from individuals, while Reichert’s contributions from individuals made up only 57% of his totals, the rest, over $340,000, coming from PACs and campaign committees. Just about half of Burner’s contributions are unitemized, i.e. less than $200 a donation. Only 7% of Reichert’s contributions from individuals are categorized as unitemized. As much as anything that tells so much of the story regarding the breadth of Burner’s support and how much Reichert is having to rely on wealthier donors.
According to Postman, the AP talked to Reichert’s folks about the supposed discrepancy in the initial spin on the numbers and Reichert Chief of Staff Mike Shields says the $47,100 is part of Reichert’s total. Explanation:
Those refunds had to be issued because of mistakes in dividing the Bush money between Reichert’s re-election campaign and the state Republican Party, which shared the more than $500,000 raised by the president. The refunded contributions will be repaid, so Reichert is counting those contributions toward his third quarter total, Shields said.