Mr. Sanborn's class warfare argument on the Hanks-vs.-Kooiker mayoral contest in Rapid City got me wondering not just who's voting for whom but who's donating to whom. The Rapid City Journal covered this topic pre-election as did Emilie Rusch on the RCJ City Hallways blog.
Here are some other slices of the data from the Rapid City campaign finance reports on file thus far:
|amount raised in small contributions ($100 or less)||$19,321||$17,605|
|small contributions as % of total||33%||35%|
|amount in large contributions (over $100)||$27,323||$32,410|
|large contributions as % of total||46%||64%|
|# of itemized contributions||85||70|
|average itemized contribution||$321||$463|
|PAC contributions as % of total||21%||1%|
Dang, it costs a lot to be mayor... and these figures don't include the last week before the citywide election or the run-off campaign currently underway.
Note that if we're trying to figure out whom the rich guys favor, these data leave an unclear picture. Mayor Hanks enjoys a lead in contributions entirely due to the largesse of two rich guys, Stan Adelstein and Ray Hillenbrand, who pumped $10,000 into the Hanks campaign through the Moderate Leadership PAC. Senator Adelstein and Mr. Hillenbrand also wrote Hanks checks from their own pockets. So on PAC dollars, Hanks has the rich-guy edge.
On itemizable donations (individuals contributing over $100), Sam Kooiker has the lead by over $5000. But count heads: Mayor Hanks has drawn 85 such donors, while Councilman Kooiker has 70. Kooiker's big checks average $463. Hanks's big donors are tighter, handing over $321 a pop. Individual donations are arguably a more democratic measure of support than PAC money. But on average contribution size, Kooiker appears to have the rich-guy edge.
At the bottom of the totem pole, Hanks has drawn about $1700 more in small contributions than Kooiker. Percentage-wise, Kooiker is just slightly better than Hanks on this metric: 35% of Kooiker's kitty is one-at-a-time Bens, Ulies, and Andies, compared to 33% of Hanks's haul.
Either way, if you're worried that big money will take the mayor's office in Rapid City, well, you lost that battle last week. Hanks and Kooiker combined outspent challengers Ron Weifenbach and Peter Wernicke almost 11 to 1.