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Published February 19 2012

Campaign finance data for North Dakota candidates

This campaign finance data includes information for the current campaign cycle through Dec. 31. Specific dates within that time period may vary depending on when candidates entered the race and began collecting contributions.

U.S. House

Raised: $657,468.70

Spent: $123,570.48

As of Dec. 31, the U.S. House race had seven candidates.

Republican Kim Koppelman and libertarian Eric Olson did not file end-of-year finance reports because neither had reached the minimum $5,000 mark that would require them to declare their finances to the Federal Election Commission. Koppelman said he did not begin fundraising efforts until Jan. 1.

Minot Republican DuWayne Hendrickson entered the race in early January and will not have to file his first report until at least April.

Kevin Cramer (R)

Public Service Commissioner. Candidate since Nov. 3.

The basics

<•> Starting cash: $0

<•> Net donations: $210,565.12

<•> Net expenses: $17,733.81

<•> Reported debt: $0

<•> Cash on hand as of Dec. 31: $192,831.31

Source of donations

<•> Unitemized: $4,215.12

<•> Itemized: $204,350

<•> Average itemized donation: $1,429.02

<•> In-state contributions: 54 donations amounting to $94,750, or 46 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Out-of-state contributions: 89 donations amounting to $109,600, or 54 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Of Cramer’s out-of-state contributions, $63,100 came from 63 individual donations in Oklahoma and $31,000 came from 16 individual donations in Texas.

<•> Industry: $58,350 – or 29 percent – of Cramer’s itemized contributions came from individuals working in the oil and gas industry.

<•> Special interests: $2,000 of Cramer’s total donations came from political action committees: $1,000 from Chesapeake Energy Corp. and $1,000 from ONEOK Inc., both in Oklahoma.

Notable financiers

<•> Jim Ingstad, owner of Radio Fargo-Moorhead, and wife Victoria: $5,000 total

<•> Ronald Offutt, owner of REO Equipment, and wife Karen: $5,000 total

<•> Ace Brandt, developer of Fargo’s Urban Plains subdivision and owner of Fargo Force: $2,500

<•> Richard Jordahl, president and owner of Jordahl Custom Homes: $2,500

<•> Randy Thorson, owner of JL Beers restaurants: $1,000

Lawmaking support

<•> Grafton Rep. Joyce Kingsbury, and her husband Bill: $3,000 total

Shane Goettle (R)

Former state commerce commissioner. Candidate since Nov. 29.

The basics

<•> Starting cash: $0

<•> Net donations: $118,665

<•> Net expenses: $12,824.34

<•> Reported debt: $0

<•> Cash on hand as of Dec. 31: $105,840.66

Source of donations

<•> Unitemized: $5,415

<•> Itemized: $117,500

<•> Average itemized donation: $1,415.66

<•> In-state contributions: 64 donations amounting to $82,250, or 73 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Out-of-state contributions: 19 donations amounting to $30,250, or 27 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Of Goettle’s out-of-state contributions, $8,250 came from six individual donations in Minnesota and $8,500 came from four individual donations in California.

<•> Industry: $46,250 – or 39 percent – of Goettle’s itemized contributions came from business executives in industries such as energy, development and manufacturing. About 9 percent, or $11,000, came from farmers and ranchers.

<•> Special interests: $750 of Goettle’s total donations came from a political action committee, the North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association.

Notable financiers

<•> Jim Roers and wife, Sandra, owners of Roers, Inc: $5,000 total

<•> Joel Honeyman, vice president of North American sales for Bobcat Co.: $2,000

<•> Russ and Kyle Newman, (father and son) CEO and vice president of Tharaldson Ethanol: $1,000 total

<•> Kent Satrang, owner of Petro Serv USA: $500

<•> Bruce Furness, former Fargo mayor: $500

Lawmaking support

<•> Dickinson Rep. Nancy Johnson: $1,000

<•> Bismarck Rep. Mike Nathe: $1,000

<•> Fargo Sen. Tony Grindberg, Fargo: $500

Bette Grande (R)

Fargo legislator. Candidate since Oct. 3.

The basics

<•> Starting cash: $0

<•> Net donations: $24,344.52

<•> Net expenses: $18,673.35

<•> Reported debt: $0

<•> Cash on hand as of Dec. 31: $5,671.17

Source of donations

<•> Unitemized: $6,9441.35

<•> Itemized: $12,227.68

<•> Average itemized donation: $407.59

<•> In-state contributions: 26 donations amounting to $11,028, or 90 percent of all itemized contributions – including a $1,000 donation from her husband, Don.

<•> Out-of-state contributions: Four donations amounting to $1,250, or 10 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Industry: $4,500 – or 37 percent – of Grande’s itemized contributions came from business executives. She also received $1,350 medical professionals and $1,050 from farmers or ranchers.

<•> Special interests: Grande received no money from political action committees.

Notable financiers

<•> Stewart Vachal, owner of Williston-based Industrial Equipment: $2,500

<•> Russ Newman, CEO of Tharaldson Ethanol: $500

<•> Clinton Woods, staffer for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment: $250

Lawmaking support

<•> Tioga Rep. Bob Skarphol: $250

Pam Gulleson (D)

Former Rutland legislator. Candidate since Sept. 21.

The basics

<•> Starting cash: $0

<•> Net donations: $166,277.44

<•> Net expenses: $18,007.16

<•> Reported debt: $6,790

<•> Cash on hand as of Dec. 31: $148,270.28

Source of donations

<•> Unitemized: $41,583.39

<•> Itemized: $102,286.75

<•> Average itemized donation: $442.80

<•> In-state contributions: 212 donations amounting to $88,487, or 86 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Out-of-state contributions: 19 donations amounting to $13,800, or 14 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Industry: $24,135 – or 24 percent of Gulleson’s itemized donations – came from farmers (including $9,000 from her family). Attorneys donated $10,240, or about 10 percent of her total.

Special interests

$20,866 of Gulleson’s total donations came from political action committees, including ones tied to several current and former members of Congress:

<•> Former North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan: $4,000 (campaign funds)

<•> North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad: $4,000 (campaign funds)

<•> Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: $1000

<•> Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum: $1,000

Notable financiers

<•> Conrad and his wife, Lucy Calutti: $5,000 total (personal funds)

<•> Hal Gershman, owner of Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops: $2,050

<•> Dorgan and his wife, Kim Olson-Dorgan: $1,500 total (personal funds)

<•> Joel Heitkamp, talk show host on Fargo-based KFGO radio: $1,000

<•> Jasper Schneider, North Dakota state director for USDA Rural Development: $1,000

<•> Tim Mahoney, Fargo commissioner: $650

Lawmaking support

<•> Parshall Rep. Kenton Onstad: $620

<•> Wyndmere Sen. Jim Dotzenrod: $560

<•> Dickinson Rep. Shirley Meyer: $550

<•> Fargo Rep. Kathy Hogan: $300

<•> Fargo Rep. Ed Gruchalla: $265

<•> Grand Forks Rep. Lonny Winrich: $265

<•> Fullerton Rep. Jerry Kelsh: $240

<•> Grand Forks Rep. Mac Schneider: $240

<•> Former Mayville Sen. Elroy Lindaas: $225

<•> Fargo Sen. Carolyn Nelson: $225

Brian Kalk (R)

Public Service Commissioner. Candidate since May 20, but started fundraising in January 2011 as a U.S. Senate candidate.

The basics

<•> Starting cash: $0

<•> Net donations: $137,616.62

<•> Net expenses: $56,331.82

<•> Reported debt: $0

<•> Cash on hand as of Dec. 31: $76,601.92

Source of donations

<•> Unitemized: $46,042.13

<•> Itemized: $88,748.10

<•> Average itemized donation: $495.80

<•> In-state contributions: 156 donations amounting to $71,048, or 80 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Out-of-state contributions: 23 donations amounting to $17,700, or 20 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Of Kalk’s out-of-state contributions, $9,500 came from eight individual donations in California and $2,700 came from five individual donations in Texas.

<•> Industry: $18,450 – or 21 percent of Kalk’s itemized donations – came from retirees, most of whom are former military service members, Kalk said. Farmers made up $14,040, or 16 percent of his donations, while $10,300 donations – or 12 percent – came from individuals in the oil and gas industry.

<•> Special interests: Kalk has received no money from political action committees.

Notable financiers

<•> James Wieland, president and owner of Goldmark Schlossman: $2,500

<•> Pat Finken, owner of Odney advertising agency: $2,000

<•> John Hoeven II, Minot banker and father of U.S. Sen. John Hoeven: $1,000

<•> Steve D. Scheel, CEO of Scheels All Sports: $1,000

<•> Lauris Molbert, CEO of Fargo-based TMI Hospitality, Inc.: $250

Lawmaking support

<•> No North Dakota legislators have donated to Kalk’s campaign.

U.S. Senate

RAISED: $2,662,398.53

SPENT: $765,918.69

As of Dec. 31, four candidates were running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Kent Conrad.

Rick Berg (R)

U.S. representative. Candidate since May 16.

The basics

<•> Starting cash: $0

<•> Net donations: $1,767,168.42

<•> Net expenses: $377,437.82

<•> Reported debt: $100,000 personal loan

<•> Cash on hand as of Dec. 31: $1,389,730.60

Source of donations

<•> Unitemized: $66,828.24

<•> Itemized: $1,108,844.35

<•> Average itemized donation: $1,555.18

<•> In-state contributions: 188 donations amounting to $362,841.35, or 33 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Out-of-state contributions: 525 donations amounting to $746,003, or 67 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Berg’s out-of-state contributions came from 35 different states. Individual donations came predominately from California, whose residents gave $143,400, or 19 percent of his out-of-state donations, and Texas, whose residents gave $115,650, or 15 percent.

<•> Industry: About $250,000 – or 23 percent of Berg’s itemized donations – came from individuals working in the energy sector, specifically the oil, gas, coal and mining industries. At least $468,000 – or 42 percent – came from business owners and executives across many industries.

Special interests

Since May, Berg has received $398,750 from political action committees, including:

<•> At least $30,000 from House and Senate Republicans, including $10,000 from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s PAC.

<•> $54,500 – or 13 percent – from PACs representing the oil and gas industry. Those donations include $10,000 from Valero and $7,500 from Koch Industries.

<•> $42,000 from the banking and finance industry.

<•> $31,000 from the health care and insurance industries.

Notable financiers

<•> Hess Corp. executives, including CEO and Chairman John B. Hess: $22,500 total

<•> Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., CEO of Marathon Oil Corp.: $5,000

<•> William B. Hilton, chairman of Hilton Hotels Corp.: $5,000

<•> William R. Klesse, CEO and chairman of Valero: $1,000

<•> Jack Dalrymple, North Dakota governor: $5,000

<•> John C. Butler, Jr., vice president of North American Coal Corp.: $1,000

<•> Doug Burgum, developer and chairman of the Kilbourne Group: $2,500

<•> David Berg, president and CEO of American Crystal Sugar Co.: $1,000

Lawmaking support

<•> Dickinson Rep. Nancy Jo Johnson: $5,000

<•> Mandan Rep. Todd Porter: $1,000

Heidi Heitkamp (D)

Former North Dakota attorney general. Candidate since Nov. 8.

The basics

<•> Starting cash: $0

<•> Net donations: $449,095.25

<•> Net expenses: $37,203.30

<•> Reported debt: $30,083.69

<•> Cash on hand as of Dec. 31: $411,891.95

Source of donations

<•> Unitemized: $89,209.52

<•> Itemized: $175,258.21

<•> Average itemized donation: $962.96

<•> In-state contributions: 89 donations amounting to $80,008, or 46 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Out-of-state contributions: 93 donations amounting to $95,250, or 54 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Heitkamp’s out-of-state contributions came from at least 26 states. The most – $27,500, or 29 percent of the out-of-state donations – came from South Carolina. New Yorkers donated $10,400, Californians gave $11,750 and Minnesotans gave $5,800.

<•> Industry: $70,713 – or 40 percent of her itemized donations – came from attorneys, several of whom work for the firm Motley Rice, which Heitkamp and other attorneys general retained to fight the tobacco industry during her time in state office. Medical professionals donated $11,000, or 6 percent – which includes a $5,000 donation from Heitkamp’s husband, Dr. Darwin Lange. Educators donated $8,300, or nearly 5 percent, while farmers and ranchers made up 2 percent, or $3,600, of her donations.

Special interests

Heitkamp received $179,000 – or 40 percent of her net contributions – from political parties and political action committees, including:

<•> $122,000 from PACs associated with 28 Senate Democrats, several of whom are in the party leadership. For example, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s PAC gave $10,000 to Heitkamp’s campaign.

<•> $20,000 from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

<•> $26,500 from unions representing teachers, transportation and building trades.

Notable financiers

<•> Kent Conrad, North Dakota U.S. senator, and his wife, Lucy Calutti: $5,000 total in personal funds. Conrad also donated $9,000 by way of his political action committees.

<•> Jennifer Granholm, former Michigan governor: $2,500

<•> Joel Heitkamp, Heidi’s brother and a talk show host on Fargo-based KFGO radio: $2,000

<•> Byron Dorgan, former North Dakota U.S. senator: $1,000. Dorgan also donated another $2,000 by way of his political action committee.

<•> Earl Pomeroy, former North Dakota U.S. representative: $1,000

<•> Eliot Spitzer, former embattled New York governor: $500

Lawmaking support

<•> Dickinson Rep. Shirley Meyer: $500

<•> Grand Forks Sen. Mac Schneider: $250

<•> Grand Forks Rep. Eliot Glassheim: $250

<•> Former Ray Rep. Dorvan Solberg: $300

Tom Potter (D)

Grand Forks-area pastor. Candidate since Oct. 26.

The basics

<•> Starting cash: $0

<•> Net donations: $3,300

<•> Net expenses: $7,600

<•> Reported debt: $15,000 (personal loan)

<•> Cash on hand as of Dec. 31: $10,700

Source of donations

<•> Unitemized: $300

<•> Itemized: $3,000

<•> Potter’s itemized donations came in installments of $1,000 and $2,000 from his wife, former legislator Louise “Weezie” Potter.

<•> In November, Potter took out a $15,000 personal loan to help fund his campaign.

Duane Sand (R)

Bismarck businessman. Candidate since Aug. 8, but has been fundraising for the 2012 election season since April 2011.

The basics

<•> Starting cash: $68,066.28 (carried over from previous federal campaigns)

<•> Net donations: $422,834.86

<•> Net expenses: $343,677.54

<•> Reported debt: $116,785.51

<•> Cash on hand as of Dec. 31: $80,532.32

Source of donations

<•> Unitemized: $283,578.86

<•> Itemized: $139,256

<•> Average itemized donation: $473.66

<•> In-state contributions: 40 donations amounting to $27,150, or 20 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Out-of-state contributions: 254 donations amounting to $112,106, or 80 percent of all itemized contributions.

<•> Sand’s out-of-state contributions came from 40 different states. The most – $20,155, or 18 percent of his out-of-state donations – came from California. Texans donated $15,383, and donors from Georgia gave $8,260.

<•> Industry: $56,306 – or 40 percent of Sand’s itemized donations – came from retirees. He also received $21,135 from business owners and executives.

<•> Special interests: Sand received $2,000 from one political action committee, William Russell’s House campaign for Pennsylvania’s 12th District seat.

Notable financiers

<•> Mark Block, chief of staff for former presidential candidate Herman Cain: $1,000

<•> Danny Schatz, and wife Diane, operations manager of Red River Valley Speedway: $500 total

Lawmaking support

<•> No North Dakota legislators have donated to Sand’s campaign.