While I was out doing original reporting, the SDGOP spin blog was printing anonymous memy bunk and its sponsors‘ press releases. Boring… and, in the case of the Dusty Johnson campaign finance blurb, false:
“Dusty’s fundraising has been extraordinary,” said Campaign Manager Erin Schoenbeck. “No one in the history of our state has garnered sustained support like Dusty – meeting or exceeding $100,000.00 for three quarters in a row. With a year to go, Dusty is already close to raising more money than any congressional challenger or open seat candidate in South Dakota history.”
Paging Dr. Curd… Sioux Falls physician and state legislator R. Blake Curd ran for House in 2010. He placed third behind winner Kristi Noem and runner-up Chris Nelson. Curd launched his campaign on October 1, 2009.
- In 2009 Q4, the Curd campaign raised $176,581.50 (not including his own cash).
- In 2010 Q1, Team Curd raised $139,776.05.
- In 2010 Q2, Team Curd raised $100,361 (see pre-primary + post-primary reports).
Curd exceeded $100,000.00 for three quarters in a row. Team Johnson’s claim that Dusty is the only person in the history of our state to garner over $100,000 in campaign contributions in three consecutive quarters is false.
Press releases are like picnicking: you’ve got to watch what you’re eating. Otherwise, you don’t notice the bird poop on the potato salad.