Elections take money.
Especially if you’re a Republican in what is, for GOPers, a pretty hardscrabble place, the Fourth Congressional District, where the GOP is in an extended period of rebuilding, even as it faces the smothering miasma of union money keeping the DFL fat and happy and fat once again.
Minnesota does, however, offer a bit of a leveler; campaigns that meet a certain threshold in donations get a nice chunk of matching money from the state. (Yes, it’s government funding of elections – but I’m paying for it, so I’m going to do my best to help my party use it).
Here’s the deal: candidates for the House of Representatives need to raise $1,500 – in denominattions of $50 or less – to qualify for this match. In other words, 30 $50 donations, or 1,500 $1 donations, or 150 $10 gifts, all work. 15 individual $100 donations, however, only count for $750 – only the first $50 of each donation counts. A single $1,500 donation would only count for $50 (and is, I suspect, illegal anyway).
Anyway – the GOP candidates in the 4th CD need to top that threshold to get that money, which in turn gives them both a reasonable amount of money to work with as well as giving them proof they are viable races for purposes of bigger, better fundraising later in the race.
So I’m going to ask you to help out by ponying up something – anything – to help out these GOP candidates for the Minnesota House in the 4th CD. The list, by the way, includes challengers for seats; I’m not going to include incumbent Republicans (of whom redistricting has brought several to the 4th CD; also, for now I’m only including candidates with websites), along with notes about their current fundraising status.
HD 42A – Russ Bertsch
HD 42B – Ken Rubenzer
HD 43A – Stacey Stout – Stacey may have actually hit the threshold. While she’ll be happy to get any help she can, she may be set – for purposes of matching the state threshold.
HD 53A – Pam Cunningham: Pam’s about 2/3 of the way there; she’s got about $500 to go. She’s doing well, but could use any help she can get.
HD 64A – Andrew Ojeda is about halfway there and climbing. He’s in a tough district – but he’s a good candidate. Help if you can.
HD 64B – Brandon Carmack is fairly new to the race, running against eleventy-teen term union tool and stadium stooge Michael Paymar. He could use a financial leg up.
HD65A – Dan Lipp is running against Rena Moran in my district.
HD 65B – Carlos Conway is in one of the tougher districts – but one where he should be able to make a dent, a heavily Hispanic district for whom Obama’s tenure has been a disaster. Let’s make this one a fight, shall we?
HD 66A – Mark Fotsch and HD 66B – Ben Blomgren are running against Alice Hausman and John Lesch, two DFLers that will be kept alive in suspended animation by the unions for centuries if that’s what it takes to keep their reliable votes. They could both use a hand.
Senate tomorrow. The Hernandez campaign on Wednesday.