Want to to know the only thing that makes me happier than Chad Anderson winning the special election for Ann Lenczewski’s old seat in Bloomington?
Here it is.
Income: Anderson received $11,805 in individual contributions:
Carlson got $10,407:
So in terms of on-the-street fundraising from actual people, Anderson had a slight edge. The edge is especially notable in terms of non-itemized contributions – smaller contributions from regular people that don’t need to be itemized on state reports; 86% of Andersons contributions were from the little guy; with Carlson, 39% of his individual donations came from deep-pocketed suburban progressive grandées.
In terms of funding from political parties: Anderson got $500 from his local party unit- which, like most underfunded GOP party units in the city and the first ring of suburbs, no doubt had to dig really, really deep:
The state GOP doesn’t spend a lot of money on special elections in the city and the first ring, while it’s still getting its financial house in order.
Carlson got $9,158.40 from the always well-heeled local party unit ($2,000), as well as cleaning out Lenczewski’s campaign account to the tune of $3,000, and a generous $4158.40 gift from the state DFL:
Carlson received $9,700 from various union PACs.
Carlson also got a public subsidy of $6897.04:
Anderson got no direct PAC money, and he got no public subsidy.
Outgo: Here’s the fun part; in total, Carlson spent $25,122.67:
On the other hand, Anderson spent a total of $6324.32.
That means DFL’s Carlson outspent the Republican Anderson by roughly 4:1. And lost.
Apparently, people in Bloomington really don’t want their trash messed with.