Paula Hawks seems to be gearing up for a tough legislative race. Too bad it’s a state legislative race, and not a congressional one.
Hawks has posted $48,383.18 in total contributions, a significant drop from the $63k she posted in the last quarter. Spending is at $24,492, up from the $17,791, and her cash reserves are at $69,491 – an increase from the $45,601 of the last quarter, but still not enough to put her in striking distance of Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s 1.5 Million cash on hand.
What else did we learn from her report?
It looks like Hawks has started paying herself a salary off of the donations being made, which is allowable under the law. And we learned that former SDDP staffer Zach Nistler made $10,454 over the preceding months.
We also learned that Hawks has most of her donors running through ACT Blue, with $15,774 having been funneled through the organization set up for bundling individual on-line donations. They tend to be small dollar donations, but Hawks is tapping them hard.
Bigger dollar individual donors are paying the bills, but dinging people via on-line e-mail is still bringing it in from the greatest number of people willing to spend money on a Democrat, managing about enough to pay for Nistler and Hawks to campaign. And they manage to shield their identity somewhat on Hawks’ report.
Still, by this point, Matt Varilek was posting numbers over $104,000 in terms of funds raised. With Hawks unable to achieve half of that, she’s at the point where she might want to think about whether it’s all worth it.