ANALYSIS: Dorgan slims down war chest through donations to boost fellow Democrats

Byron Dorgan

FARGO – Retiring North Dakota Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan is donating some of his campaign funds to boost the election bids of fellow Democrats, as he whittles down his own multi-million dollar campaign war chest.

As of April 1, Dorgan still had nearly $2.6 million on hand, but during the second quarter of 2010, he reduced that figure by nearly half a million dollars – mostly through the $380,000 in donations he gave to federal, state and legislative campaigns.

Dorgan cannot keep or spend the money for personal use, but otherwise has wide latitude. Under federal election law, he can give up to $2,000 per election to federal candidates’ campaigns, but he has no limit in donating to national, state or local political parties.

According to an analysis of Dorgan’s second-quarter report to the Federal Election Commission:

He donated $225,000 to the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party and $100,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – which those parties can then use to support their candidates.

Dorgan also gave to Democratic-NPL candidates for statewide office: $5,000 each to Secretary of State candidate Corey Mock, Attorney General candidate Jean Boechler, Tax Commissioner candidate Cynthia Kaldor and Ag Commissioner candidate Merle Boucher, as well as $4,000 to Public Service Commission candidate Brad Crabtree.

Incumbent Rep. Earl Pomeroy received the maximum $2,000 from Dorgan toward the primary election, and Senate candidate Tracy Potter received $2,000 for each the primary and general elections.

Dorgan gave $18,000 total in donations to 55 Democratic-NPL state Legislature candidates across North Dakota.

He also dished out $6,000 to help two other U.S. senators’ re-election bids and $1,000 to Iowa’s Democratic Party.

Here’s a breakdown of who received contributions from Dorgan during the second quarter, which covers April 1 – June 30. (All of the contributions were marked for the primary election, unless otherwise noted.)

  • Political parties:
    • $225,000 – North Dakota Democratic-NPL
    • $100,000 – Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    • $1,000 – Iowa Democratic Party
  • Campaigns of Democratic federal candidates:
    • $2,000 – Earl Pomeroy for Congress
    • $2,000 – Tracy Potter for U.S. Senate
    • $2,000 – Tracy Potter for U.S. Senate (General election)
    • $2,000 – Friends of Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas state run-off)
    • $2,000 – Friends of Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas state primary)
    • $2,000 – People for Patty Murray (Washington state primary)
  • Campaigns of North Dakota Democratic-NPL statewide candidates:
    • $5,000 – Friends of Corey Mock (Secretary of State)
    • $5,000 – Jean Boechler for Attorney General
    • $5,000 – Friends of Cynthia Kaldor (Tax Commissioner)
    • $5,000 – Friends of Merle Boucher (Ag Commissioner)
    • $4,000 – Brad Crabtree for Public Service Commissioner
  • Campaigns of North Dakota Democratic-NPL candidates for state Legislature:
    • $500 – Nick Archuleta for ND Senate (Bismarck)
    • $500 – Carolyn Nelson for ND Senate (Fargo)
    • $500 – Frank Meyer for ND Senate (Minot)
    • $500 – Tim Mathern for ND Senate (Fargo)
    • $500 – JoNell Bakke for ND Senate (Grand Forks)
    • $500 – Lee Myxter for ND Senate (Fargo)
    • $500 – Richard Schlosser for ND Senate (Edgeley)
    • $500 – Arthur Bahm for ND House (Niagara)
    • $500 – Thomas Petros for ND Senate (Grand Forks)
    • $500 – Tom Fiebiger for ND Senate (Fargo)
    • $500 – Ryan Taylor for ND Senate (Towner)
    • $500 – Robert Home for ND Senate (Minot)
    • $500 – Rodney Froelich for ND Senate (Selfridge)
    • $500 – Joan Heckaman for ND Senate (New Rockford)
    • $500 – Richard Marcellais for ND Senate (Belcourt)
    • $500 – Arden Anderson for ND Senate (Wahpeton)
    • $500 – Sylvan Loegering for ND Senate (West Fargo)
    • $250 – Nicole Elkin for ND House (Bismarck)
    • $250 – Aaron Judkins for ND House (Watford City)
    • $250 – Jason McKenney for ND House (Adrian)
    • $250 – Mike Frohlich for ND House (Bismarck)
    • $250 – Tricia Kelly for ND House (Fargo)
    • $250 – Marvin Nelson for ND House (Rolla)
    • $250 – Clark Williams for ND House (Wahpeton)
    • $250 – Larry Gast for ND House (Wahpeton)
    • $250 – Jane Opdahl for ND House (Zap)
    • $250 – Lisa Wolf for ND House (Minot)
    • $250 – Chris Griffin for ND House (Larimore)
    • $250 – Louis Pinkerton for ND House (Minot)
    • $250 – Steve Zaiser for ND House (Fargo)
    • $250 – Scot Kelsh for ND House (Fargo)
    • $250 – Ed Gruchalla for ND House (Fargo)
    • $250 – Cindy Klein for ND House (Dickinson)
    • $250 – Bernice Kvasager for ND House (Ardoch)
    • $250 – Heidi Rintoul for ND House (Minot)
    • $250 – Ellen Lindeman for ND House (Carrington)
    • $250 – Ron Guggisberg for ND House (Fargo)
    • $250 – Bernell Bechmeier for ND House (Grand Forks)
    • $250 – Michael Halverson for ND House (West Fargo)
    • $250 – Judy Lang for ND House (Stanton)
    • $250 – Prairie Rose Seminole for ND House (Fargo)
    • $250 – Louise Potter for ND House (Grand Forks)
    • $250 – James Kerzman for ND House (Mott)
    • $250 – Marie Marshall for ND House (Towner)
    • $250 – Donald Vangsnes for ND House (Grand Forks)
    • $250 – Kathy Hogan for ND House (Fargo)
    • $250 – Lois Delmore for ND House (Grand Forks)
    • $250 – Mary Tintes for ND House (West Fargo)
    • $250 – Erich Longie for ND House (Fort Totten)
    • $250 – Tyrel Hegland for ND House (Fargo)
    • $250 – Kari Conrad for ND House (Minot)
    • $250 – Ben Vig for ND House (Sharon)
    • $250 – Chad Harrison for ND House (Fort Yates)
    • $250 – Tracy Boe for ND House (Mylo)
    • $250 – Cindy Shattuck for ND House (Velva)

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