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Year-End Report: Bosworth Nets $4,300 Campaign Cash, Spends $44,000

Last updated on 2015.02.09

Annette Bosworth's profitable exploitation of Base Connect and the campaign finance system appears to be petering out. The fake GOP 2014 Senate candidate's year-end FEC report shows net contributions of $4,309.87... which is still pretty good money for an unfocused, inefficient, criminal campaign that ended eight months ago. But it's a big drop from the $217K her direct mailers solicited in Q3, her first full quarter after her June loss, not to mention the $800K she pulled in Q2 and $77K in Q1.

People (all from outside South Dakota, mostly retirees) actually sent the Bosworth "campaign" $11,434.87 during the last three months of the year. However, during the same period, nine donors wised up and asked for their money back. Bosworth reimbursed $7,125 in contributions, 62% of her quarterly take.

Bosworth is also back to spending more than she makes. Her year-end report shows net expenditures of $44,341.14 in Q4

  • $17,500 settled her debt to Colorado-based campaign manager Patrick Davis.
  • $5,934.94 paid her Colorado lawyers.
  • $7,287.50 paid off Sioux Falls lawyer Jeff Beck, the first lawyer to handle her pending perjury case.
  • $5,000 went to Rapid City lawyer Robert Van Norman in October, to top off the $50,000 he received to be her third perjury-trial lawyer. He just got her trial delayed again until May; if she's going to keep him, she's going to need to amp up those campaign contributions... or stop pulling stunts like playing "Doctor of the Day" at the Legislature, see some paying patients, and tell hubby Chad Haber to get a job.
  • $7,200.96 went to Robert Watkins and Company, her Florida-based campaign treasurer.
  • $500 disappeared into "Petty Cash," which may be code for "Annette's daily Starbucks."

The year-end report indicates that Bosworth resolved (i.e., got out of paying) $7,933 to Davis, $20,750 to advertiser SSC Strategies, and $2,000 to campaign staffer Ethan Crisp. The campaign still lists a disputed debt of $33,000 to Sioux Falls attorney Joel Arends. Bosworth has $13,301.34 cash on hand.


  1. Bob Newland 2015.02.08

    Looks like Van Norman may be the winner over all. (See George Jones, "The Race is On")

  2. Roger Cornelius 2015.02.08

    Doesn't Bosworth have a legal defense fund? Or will her cash on hand be used for that purpose?

  3. 96Tears 2015.02.08

    The 2014 election is the stuff that bad operas or great Coen Brothers films are made of.

  4. bearcreekbat 2015.02.08

    Bob N, while Bob VN might makes some dough on this deal, I doubt he needs it. And with a client that has dumped on all her other lawyers, Bob VN may not end up feeling like a winner at all.

    Rather, he is more like the guy willing to step up to a difficult plate and do his best to protect someone who may not ever appreciate his efforts. Sometimes mere dollars are not enough to make us winners. Bob VN's lifelong dedication to helping those people charged with crimes is what makes him a winner, not the pay.

  5. Bob Newland 2015.02.08

    The pay don't hurt.

  6. Bob Newland 2015.02.08

    And kudos to Van Norman for extracting money from this sad affair.

  7. caheidelberger Post author | 2015.02.08

    Hey, Bob, I wouldn't mind clearing $4K a quarter for doing nothing. I would feel a bit uneasy lying to old folks to get it. If you see Mr. Van Norman at coffee, encourage him to spend some of it on some genuine good cause.

  8. caheidelberger Post author | 2015.02.08

    96: or maybe just a subplot on Better Call Saul?

  9. Bob Newland 2015.02.08

    I'm just hangin' around this deal for the entertainment. Annette's cute. Chad's not. Annette did what Chad told her to do. Annette will lose her license. Chad had nothing to lose. Van Norman will do the best he can, but he assessed the situation and asked for 50$k. They apparently ponied up. Cool.

  10. grudznick 2015.02.08

    Mr. Newland's best post in 22 months just happened.

  11. Deb Geelsdottir 2015.02.09

    Bob N, it is entertaining. That's about it.

  12. tara volesky 2015.02.09

    Ya. pretty sad, you got all kinds of vultures taking advantage of the good Doctor. This is sickening and I believe Marty Jackley will have his day in court. Unfortunately the Democrat and Republican party are in collusion with each other. Small state in which everybody knows everybody. To bad, so sad. The state wouldn't be in in this apparel if the Democrats spoke out. They had there chance and they chose to remain silent.

  13. caheidelberger Post author | 2015.02.10

    Tara, let's get back to personal responsibility. Doesn't Bosworth choose to hire these people? Isn't she the one who preys on others by not paying workers?

  14. Joe K 2015.02.10

    Tara - I highly doubt that the Dem's/Repub's are in collusion with each other. Yes, in this state, everybody knows somebody. But, the "good doctor" threw herself into a major political forum, and received what she deserved. Good intentions or not, she has some skeletons in her closet. You cannot cry fowl when those skeletons are brought to light. (LOL strananhan.) She should have expected this, and been prepared. After all, it was for a US Senate seat.
    Politics are brutal, and any weakness will be exploited - as well they should. After all, if we elected people on good intentions - well, we would have quite a mess.
    I get the fact she wanted to go in, guns blazing, and change the world.. But, with so much baggage - it was a lost cause. Too bad she blames it on "the system" - or Jackley, or whatever suits her current fundraising scheme. She needs to go away.

  15. tara volesky 2015.02.10

    Cory, Cory, what ever happened to freedom of speech? Your getting to be like the Mitchell media that sensors peoples 1st amendment rights. That's how you win, with a one-sided argument. SD will never change when people are censored. The power of the media and blogs.

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