Tomorrow – October 15th – fundraising reports for the third quarter are due for federal candidates to be sent in to the Federal Election’s Commission (the FEC). And the world will know if Paula Hawks is a nominally serious candidate, or if her fundraising total will be more like a re-run of Corinna Robinson’s effort. Like Corinna 2.0, or as we might call her “Corinna Light”
I bring it up, because I got a preview this morning of what Kristi Noem is going to report. What am I hearing? I’m hearing that Congresswoman Kristi Noem continues her solid, steady pace and is building an intimidating war chest.
Although intimidating might not be strong enough an adjective. Bone-crushing? Campaign-ending-for -Hawks?
I’m told that Noem raised $260,000 for July, August & September, giving her an incredible $1,345,000 cash on hand. (Take that, Paula Hawks!)
The $260k raised includes $50,000 that was raised at a Sioux Falls fundraiser in August with Congressman Paul Ryan who is Kristi’s committee chairman on the ways and means committee, and quite possibly the next speaker of the House.
There’s no indication that Kristi is slowing down, or taking things for granted.
On the opposite hand, this is the time when Hawks should be able to show what she was able to collect from friends, family, and the Democrat faithful as she gears up for running a campaign. A bad showing here is going to set the pace for the rest of the campaign cycle.
Should Hawks come up short… well, let’s just say it’s not going to reflect well on her ability to convince others that she could be in Congress, or that she’s worth investing in as a candidate.