In more news from the “Almost Nothing to See Here” Department, District 25 Democrats are spending almost nothing on their primary campaigns for two House slots on the November ballot.
Former legislator Dan Ahlers from Dell Rapids reports $200 in individual contributions and $250 from the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations. His campaign owes Performance Press (of Brandon?) $74.20 and has just about $1,300 in cash on hand.
David Haagenson of Baltic is running on magic—no income, no expenses.
I can find no documents for Colton muscleman Ryan Paul Tellberg on the Secretary of State’s Campaign Finance Reporting System. That could be an error on the Pierre end—it wouldn’t be the first time this spring a candidate has filed the proper papers but the SOS team hasn’t timely posted them online. Or it could be that Tellberg, stung by his loss in the Colton Ward 3 City Council election in April, has hung up his political hat.
District 25 Republicans have their own three-way House primary and are spending a bit more on their efforts than the Democrats. Incumbent Roger Hunt of Brandon wants to go back to Pierre and do more damage to equality and decency. To forward his backwardness, Rep. Hunt reports $3,350 in support from six South Dakota PACs (realtors, chiropractors, contractors, bankers, retailers, and trial lawyers) and $200 each from the Lee Qualm and Bill Van Gerpen campaign committees. Rep. hunt gave $180 to the House GOP PAC, then spent $1,347.97 for his own campaign. He owes the Garretson Gazette $332.52 and has $4,248.95 on hand for further propaganda.
Courtney Ecklund of Brandon appears to be the son of Scott Ecklund, who served one term in the House for District 25 in 2013 and 2014. Roger Hunt served as Scott Ecklund’s treasurer in the 2012 campaign. Courtney Ecklund’s pre-primary report lists the same address as Scott and Allison Ecklund, who have contributed $500 of his $550 in individual donations and $114.77 of his $607.54 in in-kind contributions. Lee Qualm’s campaign committee kicked in another $200. Roger Hunt bought Courtney a $298.26 campaign ad, and Courtney has spent $194.51 of his own money on vinyl campaign stickers and a leather notebook. Courtney has $750 on hand.
Tom Pischke of Dell Rapids has raised $1,137.19, but $1,000 of that comes from two $500 contributions from donors outside of his district. He has spent $1,111.37 on advertising and the voter registration list and has loaned his campaign another $1,000. Pischke thus has $1025.82 on hand.