Lobbying groups and political action committees dumped the lion’s share of campaign donations into the coffers of candidates for state legislative races in the Bismarck-Mandan area.
Most candidates netted $1,500 to $10,000 in total campaign contributions in their pre-general campaign finance reports, which can be found at www.sos.nd.gov.
Reports could be filed as early as Sept. 30 and were due by midnight Friday.
For District 30 Republican candidates, about 90 percent of contributions were from PACs, political party or lobbying groups.
Rep. Diane Larson, who’s running for state Senate, reported 17 contributions totaling $11,700. Two $1,500 donations came from individuals.
It was similar for District 30 Rep. Mike Nathe, who reported 21 contributions totaling $12,625. Twenty of those contributions came from various groups. District 30 House candidate Glenn Bosch raised $4,400 through eight donations; three of those, totaling $900, came from individuals.
For District 30 Democrats, Senate candidate Chris Rausch raised $1,700 in five contributions in the current reporting period. Three were from PACs, accounting for $950 of his total.
District 30 Democratic-NPL House candidate Kathleen Risch’s report contained eight contributions totaling $3,700; she had one $250 contribution from an individual.
In District 32, a similar pattern unfolded.
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All $9,800 of Republican District 32 Sen. Dick Dever’s 17 contributions came from PACs and political groups, as did Rep. Lisa Meier’s $7,300 from 14 contributions and the entire $3,750 for House candidate Pat Heinert from seven donations.
District 32 Dem-NPL Senate candidate Tiffany Hodge reported $3,100, with one $1,000 contribution from a PAC. For House candidate Karen Ehrens, who reported seven donations totaling $4,390, two came from PACs in the amount of $2,800.
In Mandan’s District 34, the story was much the same.
Republican Sen. Dwight Cook raked in $14,025 from 24 donations; a single $500 donation was from an individual.
His Republican House counterparts had similar reports. Rep. Todd Porter had 30 contributions overall at $14,075; seven of them, totaling $2,150, were not from PACs. Rep. Nathan Toman’s 12 donations, a $7,050 haul, were all from PACs.
For District 8 Sen. Howard Anderson Jr., of Turtle Lake, it was the same, with $1,500 coming from PACs, and Bismarck Rep. Vernon Laning reported his entire $5,100 in contributions came from PACs.
Rep. Jeff Delzer, R-Underwood, reported 22 contributions totaling $11,650. All were from PACs, except for one contribution of $300.
The remaining candidates from the Bismarck-Mandan area districts either hadn’t had their reports posted online yet as of Friday afternoon or had no contributions to report.