Noem rakes in another $360,000 in campaign funding

2011-07-16T07:00:00Z Noem rakes in another $360,000 in campaign fundingDavid Montgomery Journal staff Rapid City Journal
July 16, 2011 7:00 am  • 

Rep. Kristi Noem announced Friday that she had raised $360,000 over the previous three months -- the same day that she got her first Democratic opponent for the 2012 election.

Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth officially filed his paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, allowing him to raise and spend money in the aim of running for Congress.

Barth has not made an official announcement of his candidacy, which he said would probably come in September.

Though he has already spent a little money on expenses including letterhead and a website, Barth will be a financial underdog against Noem.

Through June, Noem -- a first-term Republican -- had just over $600,000 in the bank for her re-election campaign. Any challengers would be starting their fundraising from scratch.

Noem's April-through-June fundraising was down slightly from the first three months of the year, when she raised $390,000.

Compared to the first quarter of the year, Noem raised more money in small donations but less money from political action committees and almost $30,000 less from individuals making larger donations.

About 42 percent of Noem's fundraising came from PACs in the second quarter, compared to 43 percent in the first three months of the year.

The incumbent has also been spending money: $75,000 over the three months. The biggest share of Noem's expenditures went towards raising more money, including almost $15,000 on "financial consulting." She also spent $10,000 combined on printing and postage and campaign materials, and $1,600 on her website.

Barth, the first Democrat to unofficially enter the race against Noem, said he wants to raise $100,000 between now and the Democratic primary next June, and hopes to be competitive with Noem in the general election.

But Barth said he expects to have less money than Noem.

"I don't expect to be able to compete with her this year for money," he said.

Barth, 59, who retired from a job with telephone company Qwest in 2004, said he believes his electoral success in the state's most populous county would make him a strong choice for Democrats to take on Noem in 2012. He said he will position himself as a moderate and brand Noem as an extremist.

Several other Democrats have been publically considered as candidates against Noem, including former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and Matt Varilek, a staff member for Sen. Tim Johnson.

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  1. 0bamanation
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    0bamanation - July 18, 2011 1:35 pm
    wayawa said on: July 16, 2011, 11:15 pm: "Of course there is a big difference between the former congresswoman and Representative Noem."

    Of course there's a "big difference" between the two. Progressives can ALWAYS find a "big difference." Republicans "spend," but when progressives spend they call it "investing." If Republicans raise taxes, it's raising taxes, but when progressives raise taxes it's "revenue enhancement" designed to "make everyone pay their fair share." When Republicans bomb a country it's called "a Republican war," but when progressives do it, it's "a kinetic mitilary action." Yeah, there's a "big difference" alright.

  2. truth4sodaks
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    truth4sodaks - July 18, 2011 10:02 am
    Jeff Barth actually has experience with government spending. Hello he has to make the budget work for Minnehaha County every year and it never seems easy. Barth is smart enough to know when fat needs to be trimmed and when revenue needs to be raised. He will be capable of actually setting our country towards solid economic footing. And all of this without the crazy Tea Party Extremism.
  3. wayawa
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    wayawa - July 16, 2011 11:15 pm
    Obamanation said,
    "Ironic that none of the progressives expressed concerns for an even younger child when Princess Stephanie was in office". Of course there is a big difference between the former congresswoman and Representative Noem. Ms. Herseth-Sandlin was in Congress several years before she married and experienced the birth of her first child. After the birth, she lived in Washington with her infant son. Ms. Noem instead chose to run for and accept a position in the U.S. Congress knowing that she would choose to leave behind in SD several school age children. Ms. Noem is also frequently campaigning in west river areas on the weekends which means her children are also without a mother on the weekends. Apparently being a mother is a very low priority for Ms. Noem!

  4. 0bamanation
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    0bamanation - July 16, 2011 8:28 pm
    wayawa said on: July 16, 2011, 2:03 pm: "I wonder what kind of mother would leave her young school age children to live in Washington, DC..."

    Ironic that none of the progressives expressed concerns for an even younger child when Princess Stephanie was in office.

  5. wayawa
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    wayawa - July 16, 2011 2:03 pm
    I am so happy there will be someone to take this woman on! Kristi Noem is an extremist who talks like, walks like and spreads propaganda like Michelle Backman and all the other Tea Party junkies. We do not need this in SD! We need honest legislators who respect the law, pay their own way and speak with honor and honesty. Noem needs to go back to her cafe and farm businesses and a have those conversations she talks about with her children and husband. I wonder what kind of mother would leave her young school age children to live in Washington, DC and mingle with the Tea Party extremists? And, yes, on the taxpapyer dollar for those trips back home every weekend, too!
  6. Rush Mountmore
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    Rush Mountmore - July 16, 2011 8:14 am
    $360,000 is not enough for South Dakota's newest and brightest star. You can be sure the Elton Johns, Kennedies, Shrivers, and the Hollywood/San Fransisco elite will be giving more to their own at most any Friday night party.
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