FARGO – Prospective Republican candidate Brian Kalk has begun amassing a campaign warchest for his exploratory bid for the 2012 U.S. Senate race.
The North Dakota Public Service Commissioner raised $32,103 as of March 31, according to his first disclosure report to the Federal Election Commission this week.
So far, Kalk is the only potential candidate to show firm interest in the race, although several other names have been mentioned as possibilities.
While Kalk hasn’t yet committed to running, no other person has yet established even an exploratory committee as he has.
After covering initial campaign expenses, Kalk had about $22,174 on hand at the end of the first quarter of 2011. He reported no debt.
Candidates for federal office – even those just exploring a bid – are required to file disclosure reports every three months, detailing a campaign’s financial activity. First-quarter reports were due April 15.
Meanwhile, other North Dakota politicians’ latest finance reports are also available for the first three months of 2011:
Republican Sen. John Hoeven:
– Cash on hand, as of March 31: $798,774
– Contributions since Jan. 1: $547
– Costs/disbursements since Jan. 1: $118,479
– Reported debt: $100,000
Republican Rep. Rick Berg:
– Cash on hand, as of March 31: $128,296
– Contributions since Jan. 1: $163,338
– Costs/disbursements since Jan. 1: $61,115
– Reported debt: $123,000
Conrad’s figures weren’t yet publicly available, as of this afternoon. Even though he won’t be running for office again, he still must disperse of his collected funds under FEC requirements.