Last week I wrote a little about the fundraising numbers for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin and one of her Republican counterparts, extreme conservative businessman Mark Neumann.
One candidate I neglected to mention is Washington, D.C. rich guy Eric Hovde (pictured, left), who has carpetbagged back to Wisconsin to try and buy himself a United States Senate seat. After perusing Hovde’s recently released fundraising reports, I was struck by the fact that despite claiming to have raised $1.6 million for his campaign, Hovde really only raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $100,000 in campaign contributions, with the rest of the money Hovde “raised” having been “raised” from his own pocket/Swiss bank account/trust fund/savings account (whichever applies).
The paltry $100,000 Hovde raised from contributors not named Eric Hovde puts Hovde’s fundraising on par with State Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald, which isn’t a compliment and places Hovde firmly near the bottom of the Republican U.S. Senate field in terms of fundraising.
For the quarter, Hovde’s U.S. Senate campaign received a grand total of 63 contributions, with just 15 of those contributions coming from individuals who reside in Wisconsin, the state Hovde hopes to represent in the United States Senate. What’s more, just under 30% of the contributions to Hovde’s campaign came from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., a fact that only cements Hovde’s status as a true “outsider” in the race – as in, he’s from outside the state of Wisconsin.
On a somewhat related tangent, Hovde’s campaign treasurer is listed as Craig Engle, who unless I’m grossly mistaken is an attorney and lobbyist with the Washington, D.C.-based political law firm Arent Fox PLLC, because apparently there aren’t any Wisconsinites qualified to serve as campaign treasurer for a U.S. Senate candidate.