Corinna Robinson raised less than 5K from 10/16 on; Ends campaign with over 13k in debt.

You know it’s a bad sign when a congressional candidate can’t afford to go on TV. And the post-general election FEC report tells the tale well.

From October 16th through November 24th – the last 2 weeks or so of the election, plus a post election period, Robinson raised $3765, and spent $6101, leaving her with a debt of $13,372 after the end of the congressional campaign. $12,000 of the debt is owed to herself, with the remainder to her accounting firm.

Robinson Post General

At the end of the election, Robinson made statements that alluded to thoughts of running again in 2016, but as the days stretch into weeks, that noise has quieted. With her minor campaign debt, as well as her inability to capture the interest of the electorate, it remains to be seen whether we hear any more of that kind of chatter.

Noem Pre-Primary: 73k raised, 95k spent, 881k in the bank.

The pre-primary FEC report is a bit of a different cat, as it isn’t a full report – it’s about 1/2 of a reporting period.  Regardless, Congresswoman Kristi Noem continues to remain in a far, far superior position than that of her Democrat Challenger:

Kristi Noem 2014 Pre-primary FEC Report

While Democrat Corinna Robinson has $8572 cash on hand, Congresswoman Kristi Noem has $881,078.74 cash on hand.  Yes, you are reading that correctly. Kristi Noem has approximately 102x the amount challenger Corinna Robinson has in the bank.

And while Congresswoman Noem has an experienced & professional campaign team, Robinson can’t keep staff, and is otherwise assisted by morons.

It’s going to be a long campaign for the competition.

Eeeek! I’m being boycotted by Female Florida Democrats!

From my comment section comes more lunacy brought to you from the people who send out press releases for Corinna Robinson.

Apparently, I had the temerity to ask about the association of Kathy Scott & Leslie Wimes to the Corinna Robinson campaign, since Kathy Scott sent out the press release noting “To volunteer or speak to media relations, contact Leslie Wimes..”    Yes, I asked the troubling & emotionally crippling question about their actual association with the Corinna Robinson campaign that Kathy was sending out press releases for.

Dang me. Just Dang me.  Because my audacious question was met with a fiery response:

Kathy -May 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm
I’m not sure when you jumped into bed with Cory H., but it’s getting tongues wagging around South Dakota that the TWO of you are trying to bring her campaign down. I know you need page views so stories like this help. Thanks for the links. My blog is more highly rated than yours so I won’t return the favor. I think Cory’s alliance with you is odd and I do think the voters of South Dakota deserve a viable alternative to Noem. So since it seems that this blog is trying to kill her chances, we’re going to call for a boycott of voting for your advertisers. I guess the primary is around the corner and I know you need women. We’d call for one on Cory’s but he doesn’t have any advertisers. Calling women “crazy” is an old tactic used to keep us in line. Once we go after your pocketbook we’ll see how crazy we are.


Read that here.

So, because I dare to ask questions, they’re putting my advertisers on notice. Really, one of them got a notice, which they passed on.

1000crazywomenAside from it being a completely false statement, it doesn’t make a lot of sense.  As I noted to Ms. Scott; As a Florida based blog, they’re going to call for a boycott of my South Dakota political advertisers by Florida voters, who can’t vote for any of the South Dakota candidates anyway.

Not to mention the fact that their readers are Florida Democrats who are even less likely to vote for South Dakota Republicans.

Somehow, I think I’ll soldier on.

But I’m still wondering why they thought they could send out a press release for Corinna Robinson, and what their association with her is.

(Update – I just heard she’s trying to call advertisers.  Over her and her friend’s reluctance to explain how they are connected to the Corinna Robinson campaign.  This is too funny. )

By the way….. About that new Corinna Robinson Media Relations Person.

At risk of citing a Democrat Blog twice in a day, I notice that Cory still has the contact information up for Corinna Robinson’s newest campaign staffer, Leslie Wimes, which the campaign quickly buried in a subsequent release:

Robinson has also been endorsed by South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson and former Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. To learn more about Corinna Robinson or to donate visit onto To volunteer or speak to media relations, contact Leslie Wimes at (561) 200-0580 [Corinna Robinson campaign, press release, 2014.05.07].

Read that here.

That particular part, mentioning Wimes, was taken out of the revised release.  One might ask – “Why might they be trying to minimize the mention of Ms. Wimes in the South Dakota Media? ” Go ahead, ask.

Well, one of the first things that pops up on Google about her is this little tale of sex and betrayal:

A spat between an up-and-coming Washington, D.C. area politician and his Palm Beach County mistress has exposed the married pol’s forays into porn and extramarital affairs!

Prince George’s County Council candidate Vince Canales, 46, who’s married to Maryland Judge Robin Gill Bright, should not be elected to the powerful position, says Palm Beach County resident Leslie Wimes, founder of the non-profit Women on The Move.

Wimes should know, she says.

She’s been Democratic Party stalwart Canales’ on-and-off mistress for nearly 24 years, when the two met while serving in the U.S. Air Force in Korea.


“Vince Canales is a liar and a phony and should not even be running for office,” Wimes said in an exclusive interview with Gossip Extra. “He’s been lying to his family and his wife about us. He is being supported in his campaign by quite a few powerful people, and they should know about his secret life.”

Read it all here.

Okay, so let me get this straight. Last year, the person who is now Corinna Robinson’s new Media coordinator outed the person she had been having extramarital relations with throughout his two marriages.   And because of that she – as in the person he was extramarital-ing with –  found him unfit to run for office.

You cannot make this stuff up.

Another quality member of the Robinson campaign team. Go Dems!

Update: And it just keeps getting more bizarro. (Among a string of insults) in response to the post, despite the passage in Robinson’s first version of the Press release instructing people to call Wimes if they had media questions, Ms. Wimes is denying she’s Robinson’s media person…


…And hastily added she didn’t send the release, in case someone was reading at 3:30 am.


But if that was the case, why did the original release say “To volunteer or speak to media relations, contact Leslie Wimes at (561) 200-0580?”

You know Corinna Robinson is running an awful campaign when even the Democrats berate her for it.

While I had my nose buried in my computer working on postcards & door hangers this morning, my cell phone rang, displaying a “No Caller ID” number.  Knowing the anti-Republican forces are active sending flourescent postcards lately, I pondered…. “Is someone robocalling again?”

I was busy, but I answered it anyway.

It ended up being commenter Kathy Scott who had at one time been trying to push a story on me why she got fired from Dakotafest or something like that. She called today to push a story about Corinna Robinson, and an endorsement she had received, and she was sending it.  And in case I hadn’t gotten it, it was sent to another one of my other e-mail addresses 2 hours later.

This is what was sent:

Former Presidential Candidate and U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey Endorses South Dakota Congressional Candidate Corinna Robinson

U.S. Army Maj. Corinna Robinson, ret., works to meet as many South Dakotans as possible discussing need for change

robinsonBrookings, SD (May 14, 2014) — Former Presidential Candidate and U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey announced today his endorsement of South Dakota Congressional Candidate U.S. Army Maj. Corinna Robinson, (ret). Kerrey went into politics after retiring from military service. Like Kerrey, Robinson spent 25 years in military service and plans to return to public service if the voters of South Dakota allow her. She is currently a favorite among veterans who have felt overlooked by the current administration’s lack of movement with stalled benefits and a backlog of claims.

Kerrey is a former member of the elite Navy SEAL Team, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor – America’s highest military honor. Kerrey’s political career includes Governor of Nebraska and U.S. Senator.

“In the months ahead, I look forward to speaking with many of my supporters who can assist with my campaign agenda that includes better education, growth in our business infrastructure and a way to strengthen our families,” says Robinson.

As Governor of Nebraska, Kerrey focused on fiscal responsibility and worked to increase education and job skills. Robinson has championed the need to bring more technology companies into the state. She has noted that TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline has gained more attention than rural connectivity, connections that would have a lasting effect on the education of South Dakota’s youth.

Robinson also receives the enduring support of South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson and former Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. To learn more about Corinna Robinson or to donate, visit onto


Press release about one politician supporting another, blah, blah, blah. Yawn. I think I spent about 30 seconds looking at it before I stuck my nose back into work.

Bob Kerrey? I think I remember an inappropriate joke about him when he was dating Linda Ronstadt. Otherwise, meh.  Pretty standard fare for election season.

Cory Heidelberger, former Madison Teacher. I ignored it, and went about my business.  At least until this evening, when I got a text asking me if I’d noted that a certain liberal out-of-state blog was ripping the Robinson campaign for sending it out.  

Heh. Ok. Now it might be worth the amusement.

So, I come to find out that the release originally came from Leslie Wimes who has started working communications for the Robinson campaign from Florida, who is in pretty tight with Kathy Scott, as I gained from a prior twitter exchange with them.   (I give it about three months, since that’s about the average longevity of a Robinson campaign employee.)

After misidentifying the state Kerrey was from, they corrected it (that’s the version I was sent). And that while Robinson has been endorsed by Bob Kerrey, Tim Johnson, and Stephanie Herseth, there’s oddly no evidence of it outside of the statement by the campaign claiming that they do.

Of course, this could bring on another press release claiming that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Barack Obama all endorse Robinson too.  (Really. I’m sure she has the proof somewhere.)

As if they needed another staff related debacle. They’ve gone through three campaign managers already, with the last one disliking the constitution her candidate swore to protect and uphold. No word on who the new manager will be, but I’m sure they’ll give us ample opportunity for amusement.

Needless to say, even the Democrats have come over to my side and agree that the Robinson campaign is one of the worst run messes that has ever been imported into the state. They make Nelson campaign flunky Eldon Stahl look like Karl Rove.

The bottom line? You know Corinna Robinson is running an awful campaign when even the Democrats berate her for it.

Stay tuned.

Tim Johnson endorses felllow Obamacare supporter Corinna Robinson.

Tim Johnson, who provided the 60th and deciding vote on Obamacare, endorsed Democrat Congressional candidate Corinna Robinson:

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson is officially backing a Rapid City native who wants to run against Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem.

Johnson has issued a statement saying Corinna Robinson served honorably with the Army in Iraq — a war he supported.

Read it here.

Robinson has referred to herself as a “conservative Democrat,” but has also made statements to the contrary, noting specifically that she’s pro-choice, and supports Obamacare.

Remember that report about Corinna Robinson passing the hat to collect unattributed cash? There’s another one.

Remember the notation about Democrat Candidate Corinna Robinson passing a hat around and collecting cash donations from January 30th?

Robinson also did the stuff of good nuts-and-bolts campaigning, shaking hands, taking questions, circulating her nominating petition (as well as those of fellow Democrats Rick Weiland and Joe Lowe … how’s that for party unity?), and collecting donations by literally passing the hat (what looked to me like a military-style boonie hat as one more reminder of Robinson’s service).

Read that here.  The original author over at Madville times quickly covered his tracks after I pointed out that collecting cash in a hat is expressly forbidden under South Dakota State Law:

Added a clarification to the original post. All contributions I saw went in campaign-provided envelopes with full donor attribution and were then placed in the military-style hat.

Read that here.  It was a information snippet and that was that.

But last night, I curiously received another report from an attendee at the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association Meeting in Sioux Falls Yesterday:

As you may have noticed, Corinna Robinson was invited to speak at the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association meeting in Sioux Falls today.  Also in attendance was Democratic candidate Rick Weiland.

It was observed that Robinson “passed the hat”…literally…much like the post that appeared on your website and also the Madville site on January 20, 2014.  It was a military goonie-style hat (as was mentioned in the first posting, and it appeared to be all cash going in.

If anything it just struck me as odd that something that she has been called on once already would happen again.

As mentioned, the passing the hat practice is illegal under state law, but since this is a federal race, I need to do some digging into federal FEC regs.

Argus: Noem raises bulk of funds from South Dakota, Unclear if Robinson will be opponent

The Argus Leader was trumpeting Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s fundraising acumen today, noting that she raised over $206,000 from South Dakotans, but wasn’t so bullish on her opponent:

Rep. Kristi Noem raised almost $300,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013 and had about $845,000 in her campaign account to start the year, according to campaign finance reports.


But the Republican incumbent also raised plenty of money in donations from the public, including South Dakota residents. Individual contributions during the period were just over $206,000, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.


Robinson, a Rapid City native, raised almost $24,000, including about $7,100 she gave to her own campaign. Records showed she also loaned her campaign $20,000. Still, it remains unclear if she will be the Democratic candidate to face off against Noem in November.

Read it here.

With her opponent Corinna Robinson raising even less than some State Legislative candidates did during a similar period of time, it remains to be seen if she’s going to make it through to the fall campaign.

Corinna Robinson’s Financial Disclosures. Timeshares and property, but none in South Dakota.

From the Office of the Clerk of the US House of Representative comes Corinna Robinson’s Financial disclosures for the US House of Representatives contest:

Corinna Robinson's Congressional Financial Disclosures

Now these are kind of interesting.

We’ve got the earned income, but then it gets interesting. As part of her holdings, she has not one, but three timeshares; 2 in Virgina, and one in Florida.  And she didn’t have just one, but two homes, one in North Carolina, and one in Virgina that she apparently sold in preparation of running for Congress in South Dakota.

You know, South Dakota. That place that oddly only referenced in where it says she’s a candidate for.

Questions of carpetbagging still dogging Corinna Robinson

From Tony Mangan at KCCR News. Corinna Robinson is still apparently being dogged by questions about being a carpetbagger, and only re-establishing ties to the state to run for office:

Initially, Robinson says she was going to run for office in 2016, but with her two youngest children graduating from school this year, she decided to move back to Rapid City and challenge incumbent Republican Representative Kristi Noem.

Robinson disputes the notion that she moved back to South Dakota only to run for public office. She says coming back to the state, whether to run or not, has always been the long-term plan.

Read it all here.