Senator Deb Peters (R-9/Hartford) is killing primary challenger Lora Hubbel in campaign contributions. According to the incumbent Senator’s pre-primary report, she’s received $10,148 in individual contributions, another $10,300 from 19 South Dakota PACs, $2,300 from six evil out-of-state corporate PACs (Big Pharma! Big Retail! Big Insurance—even though Peters voted against stealth vouchers!), and $1,750 from three candidate committees. Peters has spent $15,417.74, but with almost $14,000 that she had on hand at the beginning and over $4,000 in personal loans to the campaign, Peters had enough cash to give $600 to the Minnehaha County GOP and $400 to the Senate GOP Campaign Committee and still have over $22,000 on hand to finish off her challenger and prep for November.
Meanwhile, Lora Hubbel reported $50 in individual contributions and $800 from two South Dakota PACs. If Hubbel’s campaign pitch for cash to hire a private eye to find out who really killed the Westerhuises drew any takers, Hubbel didn’t report their contributions as campaign finance.
To cover her $4,978.40 in advertising, printing, and postage, Hubbel has had to loan her campaign $5,000 of her own money. Even if Hubbel writes off that $5K, her cash on hand of $871.20 is 4% of what Peters has available for the remaining primary season.
One oddity: Hubbel received $300 from SD RPAC, the realtors. During the same reporting period, SD RPAC gave Senator Peters $1,000. Hubbel’s only other PAC backer, the South Dakota Chiropractic PAC, gave her $500 and Peters nothing… signaling that our chiropractors may be one of the most arch-conservative professions in the state. (Curious: does anyone know a good Democratic chiropractor?)