After running without analysis Dusty Johnson’s false claim of record fundraising for his U.S. House campaign, Dakota War College further exposes its in-the-tankedness for Team Dusty by ignoring the main headline from Johnson’s and his Republican opponent Shantel Krebs’s Q2 FEC reports: over the last three months, Krebs raised more money than Johnson.
Johnson still leads Krebs in cash on hand and overall fundraising. Johnson has raised $354,578.84 and has $288,563 in the bank, while Krebs has raised $271,113 and has $230,470 on hand. But Johnson launched his campaign last November 14, four months before Krebs. Johnson has been campaigning more than twice as long, but he only has 30% more total fundraising to show for it.
And while both have cooled from the per-day rates I calculated in April, Krebs is still squeezing more money per day from donors, raising an average of $2,464.66 per day on the campaign trail, %59 better than Johnson’s $1,548.38 daily take.
In addition to the glaring omission of Krebs’s fundraising superiority to Johnson, the Johnson-sponsored DWC uses other language to boost its man while dismissing the woman who ousted its past patron:
- DWC says Johnson is “chugging along”; DWC gives Krebs no such muscular verb.
- Johnson is “maintaining” cash on hand, while Krebs is “sitting on” money in the bank. Johnson gets an active verb; Krebs gets a more passive verb.
- DWC lists notable donors to each candidate, but emphasizes that Johnson’s donors include “a pile of other names you might recognize.”
- DWC notes Krebs’s spending on “consulting” from two out-of-state firms, and Republicans and Democrats alike like to ding campaigns for out-of-state influence. DWC omits mention of Johnson’s expenses… but this time, that’s o.k., since Dusty didn’t spend anything on out-of-state consultants or vendors in Q2! Well done, Dusty, keeping it all local!