Jim Ryun continues his strategy of broadening his fundraising base. Makes sense to do it nationally as he still has a national name from his Olympic days. While some have criticized his debt (cut roughly in half from the last report) and spending, it comes with the territory when broadening a base like this. The theory is that once you've created a big enough "house file" of donors who are regular givers to your campaign, that you can draw solely on them and raise a lot of money without spending much to do so. It's a somewhat risky strategy, particularly as some direct mail consultants are known for turning a lot of mail but not turning a campaign much profit (Ryun would be wise to cut the consultants out of the prospecting game soon and start growing his war chest) . . . Anyway, Ryun's net Cash on Hand (taking his debt into consideration) grew by $74,000 and he did raise 87% of his money from individuals.
This stands in stark contrast to Nancy Boyda who took in 47% of her campaign contributions from special interest PACs. The same PACs she criticized Jim Ryun for taking money from last year. The PACs she said she didn't need help from because she was going to run the same Kansas based grassroots campaign she did last year. Nancy Boyda is simply proving to be the fraud I knew she would be.
Lynn Jenkins continues to raise and bank money, most of it from Kansas. On the downside, her take this quarter was off by 65% over her first quarter in the race if you include her own money and off by over 40% if you don't. I know I've been wrongly accused of being anti-Jenkins, but by any objective measure this is something she should be somewhat concerned about (Ryun's take was down 27% over the tougher summer months fundraising quarter). Jenkins also continues to receive help from WISH LIST PAC, a pro-choice special interest group.
Finally, just a couple notes about the big picture.
Nancy Boyda has raised $555,000 for her re-election. People have given nearly $1.2 million against her re-election. Yes, it's more than a 2 to 1 ratio against her coming back for a second term.
Ryun's camp took it's first official swing at Jenkins in their press statement . . . as I took Jenkins to task, I'd say to Ryun, please don't do this. The sooner this primary gets uglier, the longer it will be ugly and the less chance the Republican nominee has of winning next November. Nancy Boyda has made herself one of the three most vulnerable Democrats in Congress, let's not snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.