Chelsea Clinton is coming to Dr. Jana and Brendan Johnson’s house in Sioux Falls Wednesday. Pay $1,000, and she’ll stand for a picture with you.
Donate more than $36,100, and, according to the fine print, 1/38th of the money you give above that amount will go to the South Dakota Democratic Party. So for the South Dakota Democratic Party to make $1,000 on this event, one donor will have to write a check for $74,100… or a hundred donors will have to frost their maxed-out Hillary/DNC donations with $380, for a total passed-hat-stuffing of $3,648,000.
But let’s think less about the money and more about the political game Hillary Clinton could play here. Clinton demonstrated how easily she can bait her Republican opponent at last Monday’s debate. Clinton could goad Trump with the fact that she continues to lead him in fundraising in South Dakota, a state where the Republican candidate should be cleaning the Democrat’s cash clock. At the end of July, Clinton’s advantage was 2.5 to 1 over Trump; according to current FEC data, Clinton still leads Trump 2 to 1 in South Dakota contributions ($272K to $136K). Worse, Trump has raised barely $10K more than Ben Carson and Ted Cruz did for their failed primary bids.
Poke him, Hillary. Talk about how small Donald’s numbers are in South Dakota. Tease him about not being able to score with an easy date. Watch Donald come storming to South Dakota to hold multiple fundraisers to prove his fundraising mojo on the prairie… and chuckle gleefully to yourself as he ignores the swing states where he’s sagging.
I’m telling you, Hillary: however much money Chelsea collects and Jana and Brendan’s house, talk about it. Send Bill next week to do the same. Launch the South Dakota strategy and watch Donald run.