Cramer raises more funds than GullesonAfter winning a contested primary last month, Republican U.S. House candidate Kevin Cramer had his most successful fundraising period to date, according to reports filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.
By: By Kristen M. Daum , Forum Communications, The Jamestown Sun
FARGO — After winning a contested primary last month, Republican U.S. House candidate Kevin Cramer had his most successful fundraising period to date, according to reports filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.
Cramer’s recent boost in financial backing helped him make up ground against Democrat Pam Gulleson, who continues to have the most money in the bank toward North Dakota’s U.S. House contest this year.
Cramer’s second-quarter campaign finance report shows he raised $276,400 between May 24 and June 30, more than in any other reporting period since his campaign began last fall.
That’s also more than four times the amount in contributions Cramer took in during the first half of the second quarter — $62,000 — when he was still an unendorsed challenger in the House race.
In the June 12 primary, Cramer beat Brian Kalk, the North Dakota Republican Party’s candidate, by nine percentage points.
For the total three-month reporting period ending on June 30, Cramer took in $338,400. Since last fall, Cramer has raised $593,000 toward his fourth bid for Congress.
Cramer reported having $273,500 in cash on hand heading into July and no campaign debt.
Despite Cramer’s surge in income during the past eight weeks, his opponent still leads in total fundraising and available cash on hand.
Gulleson had raised $628,000 by July 1 — including $220,600 between April 1 and June 30 — her latest campaign finance report shows.
Gulleson reported having $378,500 in cash on hand and no debt.
Cramer’s campaign has received few contributions from special interests thus far, while such groups’ donations represent nearly a third of Gulleson’s campaign income, the candidates’ FEC reports show.
As of July 1, Cramer had received $3,200 from political action committees.
Those contributions have come from three pro-energy groups, as well as a $200 donation from a GOP support fund.
By comparison, Gulleson has received $222,500 in PAC money, including $55,000 in the latter half of the second quarter alone.
Gulleson’s individual donations tend to be mostly from North Dakota farmers and ranchers, while her special-interest support comes from national and state union groups and key Democratic campaigns.
For instance, her donations include $4,000 in financial support from former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s campaign committee, FEC records show.
Cramer’s campaign was required to also file a separate report that provides a more accurate picture of Cramer’s outside support.
FEC regulations require federal candidates to disclose any bundled contributions raised on their behalf by registered lobbyist groups such as the Club for Growth, an influential conservative super PAC that has endorsed Cramer.
The Club has raised more than $41,000 toward Cramer’s campaign, according to the disclosure filing this week.
Kristen Daum is a reporter
at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.