I was doing research on my article yesterday about the State Senate races I viewed as being the most competitive, and made a mental note about the finances of State Senator Angie Buh’s campaign efforts in the last election, and as well in this upcoming race.
For the primary in the 2010 election, Buhl brought in $10,195.50 in funds bundled by out of state group, ACT Blue, far outstripping other PAC donations:
This election looks to be no different, with the exception that the focus is on the general election, and not the primary.
This year, Buhl’s race has been targeted by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, who in April held a Washington DC fundraiser where they raised $450,000, as part of their efforts to elect LGBT candidates.
From her section on their website, it appears they’re performing a similar bundling of funds for Buhl on their website as national democratic bundling group ActBlue did in 2010.
While the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund has not registered as a PAC in South Dakota yet, it’s reported that Act Blue has already raised in the neighborhood of $8300 (from 12/31/11 forward) for Buhl in the 2012 contest.
In the last election, PAC amounts far outstripped the $3100 in individual donations Buhl received in the last primary election, and according to the reports available on hand, it would not appear that trend is going to slow down anytime soon.