So I've spent about 5-6 hours between last night and this morning looking over Chet Culver's financial disclosure report, and I will say this, there's not as much Bill Knapp as I expected.
That's the last positive thing I'm going to say, so if you were looking for positives about Culver, go listen to Chris Woods give you the expected result over and over again. "Culver, still, appears as the strongest Democrat in the field and I predict will continue to show that strength up into June’s primary." Yes Chris, of course you do. You're on his goddamn payroll.
Here's my biggest problem with Culver, after reading his disclosure reports. He's running for Governor of Iowa. You know Iowa, it's this one. But his fundraising doesn't appear to be focused on that at all. In fact, less than 35% of his fundraising actually took place here.
While State 29 may not have the time/patience to slog through these reports, I do. Here are some of the things I found wading through Culver's mess:
He took donations from 959 different donors from outside Iowa.
Those donations came from 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and England, which I'm not sure is legal (see update).
DC alone makes up 13.4 percent of his total. When you add in Maryland and Virginia, you get 27.7 percent.
Here's the list, by state:
District of Columbia: $152585
New York: $65080
North Carolina: $11110
New Mexico: $10000
New Jersey: $6770
West Virginia: $3500
Puerto Rico: $3400
South Carolina: $1500
Rhode Island: $1000
New Hampshire: $750
Just out of state, he took in:
1 $20k donation
1 $15k donation
6 $12.5k donations
7 $10k donations
22 $5k donations
23 more donations over $2400
41 out of state donations that would be illegal on the federal level.
So I ask you, if Culver gets elected, exactly whose governor is he going to be?
Update: Patrick Dillon, Culver's campaign manager, e-mailed me this afternoon to let me know his two donations from England are American citizens living in England, which makes them legal. Credit is due to him for responding somewhat kindly to a post where I, as he put it, "wailed on his candidate."