ON THE SAME PAGE: Dustin McDaniel contributed $2,000 to help Leslie Rutledge pay off campaign debt.
I got a blast e-mail recently from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
asking for help to pay off her campaign debt
and have been waiting for the first quarter financial reports to see where her winning campaign stood.
Reports now on file with the secretary of state show she's more than $7,000 in the black on her primary campaign, but the general election campaign remains $116,725 in the hole on about $789,000 in spending, despite somewhere near $70,000 in contributions after the Nov. 4 election, including maximum contributions from a number of corporate PACs and special interests such as lobbyist Bruce Hawkins.
(Does money that comes after an election count as much as money BEFORE the election? Only a candidate knows for sure.)
Interesting tidbit. The second contribution reported by Rutledge after her victory Nov. 4 was a contribution of the maximum $2,000 on Nov. 7 from Dustin McDaniel
, the outgoing Democratic attorney general. He was a major supporter of the vanquished Democrat Nate Steel.
The contributions should be personally appreciated by Rutledge because she still has an outstanding loan of about $64,000 of her own money to the campaign.
Here's the latest report.