by Max Brantley
This doesn't include the more than $300,000 he has raised for his "leadership PAC."
A big bankroll doesn't hurt. But if 2012 has taught us anything, it's taught that special interest money is a bottomless well. No matter how much he raises, somebody else can match it, if not in direct contributions through supporting fire from Kochs and Co.
UPDATE: Roby Brock mined the report for some individual contributors. Bad timing for McDaniel to shake down a casino operator and its law firm during a time when he switched legal positions on a casino ballot question in a way that helped the casino operator.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel raised more than $1 million for his 2014 bid for Arkansas Governor during the first three months of fundraising for his gubernatorial campaign.
McDaniel filed his first campaign finance report with the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office today. It indicates that the campaign received contributions totaling $1,035,618.66 from 883 individuals or businesses in the quarter that ended Sept. 30, 2012.
More than 90 percent of all donations received by the campaign are from Arkansas individuals or businesses. Also, 62 percent of this quarter’s contributors had never contributed to McDaniel’s past races for Attorney General. Individual donors outnumbered corporate donors three to one.
“I am humbled by the support I have received from people all across Arkansas as I begin my campaign for governor,” McDaniel said. “We are building a campaign that will make our state proud and will be strong enough to fight off the outside special interest groups that we know will try to influence this race. A real campaign structure won’t begin to come together until next year, but this first round of contributions will be very helpful as we build a campaign from the ground up.“
The report filed today showed $923,118.66 was donated for the Democratic primary and $112,500 for a potential runoff.
The McDaniel campaign spent $138,525.44 during the quarter.
“Arkansas needs leadership committed to doing great things and meeting the challenges of a 21st Century economy. That’s why I’m running for Governor,” McDaniel said. “In the coming months, I will be talking about our future and what we can accomplish by rolling up our sleeves and working together.”
McDaniel encourages Arkansans to visit his campaign website, www.DustinMcDaniel.com, follow the Campaign on Twitter @Dustin_McDaniel and like us on Facebook.