FARGO – Brian Kalk – North Dakota Republicans’ endorsed candidate in the U.S. House race – raised $39,000 in the first three months of 2012, according to his financial disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission Sunday night.
Kalk has raised nearly $176,700 in total donations since launching a congressional bid last year. He entered April with $65,275 in cash on hand and no reported debt.
Kalk has received no money from political action committees, which means all of his contributions have come from individual donors.
Kalk was endorsed by the North Dakota Republican Party on April 1. Since the first quarter disclosure reports include finances only through March 31, the latest report doesn’t reflect what affect the party’s official backing has had on Kalk’s fundraising income.
However, Kalk said in a statement Sunday night he’s had “overwhelming donors’ responses since the convention.”
“Our first quarter numbers reflect the time and effort put in to win the convention vote,” Kalk said. “We are well on the way to meet our goals for the primary election.”
The June 12th primary is Kalk’s next obstacle, since he faces a challenge from Kevin Cramer for the right to be the Republicans’ official U.S. House candidate in November.
Officials with Cramer’s campaign said they planned to finish Cramer’s first-quarter report this weekend, so his numbers will likely be available on Monday – as should the fundraising report for Democratic U.S. House candidate Pam Gulleson.
Candidates for federal office have until 11:59 p.m. April 15 to submit their financial disclosures for the first three months of 2012.
Meanwhile, former Republican contender Shane Goettle also filed his first-quarter report Sunday. According to his digital submission to the FEC, Goettle raised $30,200 in advance of the state convention – having collected $148,900 in net donations for his House bid.
Goettle conceded the GOP endorsement to Kalk after three ballots, a move that consequently took him out of the 2012 U.S. House race.
Goettle reports $50,815 in cash on hand as of April 1. He can choose to disburse of his remaining funds in a variety of ways – including donations to political parties or individual candidates – as FEC regulations allow.