Tuesday, September 12, 2006
But I thought the Haws numbers were interesting and decided to look at the data as well for Senator Tarryl Clark in our district and her challenger, (the other) Jeff Johnson. (I'll refrain from linking either candidate's own webpages -- these are all links to their reports.) Johnson has received $1500 of his campaign funds from out of town sources. Some has come from out of state, but much of that appears to be from family members -- there's a retired Johnson in Florida giving $500 -- compared to $3260 of local funds. Most of the names on the list locally are people those of us who travel in the political circles of St. Cloud would know.
The Clark data are much more interesting. There are several reports, some of which overlap, that I refer in this and the following paragraphs. Here's 2006 pre-primary, the 2005 special election, as two I mostly relied on from the Campaign Finance Board. She has collected over $10,000 in donations for which we have names and addresses between her special election last year and this year's election, and again about 40% of it comes from outside the district. That is all well and fine, I guess, but her contributor list is sort of the who's who of the Minneapolis DFL. The Kaplans are there; Amy Crawford of the Phillips Family Foundation; Kelly Doran; other folks from the Ready4K movement (which should be watched carefully by the early childhood ed crowd). Becky Lourey.
So too is Matt Entenza and Lois Quam, the money fountain of the Cities DFL machine. Whose candidate is she? And did they ask her to vote for the stadium? Maybe not them, but checks from the carpenters union, the electrical workers' union, the laborers union, (and of course Education Minne$ota) -- a goodly $11k in PAC money overall! -- might be influential.
The worst influence out of district money may have on Jeff Johnson is that he'll talk to his dad. The influence on Tarryl Clark, though, could be talking to Sam Kaplan and Matt Entenza.