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Funding reveals political diversity

BISMARCK - North Dakotans have contributed at least $60,000 to presidential candidates this year, while Minnesotans have pitched in about $1.8 million.

BISMARCK - North Dakotans have contributed at least $60,000 to presidential candidates this year, while Minnesotans have pitched in about $1.8 million.

Monday was the deadline for candidates to report contributions received for the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30, to the Federal Election Commission.

In North Dakota, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois leads with the most donations so far this year, $11,527. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, was second with $6,736.

In Minnesota, Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York leads with $411,000 and Obama is second with $374,000.

The top Republican is former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani with $364,190.


The compilations are according to a watchdog group, the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks and analyzes campaign contributions. It has state-by state breakdowns, including donations through Sept. 30.

The center's Web site, www.opensecrets.org , may have incomplete information pending more analysis of third-quarter reports, but official state-by-state breakdowns were not available Tuesday on the Federal Election Commission's Web site, www.fec.gov , or on the Congressional Quarterly's Moneyline site.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the most prolific single donor in North Dakota appears to be a Grafton man who has donated to three Republican candidates. John Kerian of Kerian Machines has given $2,000 to Fred Thompson, and $1,000 each to Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Rep. Duncan Hunter of California. In second place among Republican donors is a Bismarck postal clerk, Paschal Schmidt, with $2,600 to Brownback.

The top North Dakota donor to Democrats was Eleanor F. Baria of Bismarck, who gave $2,300 to Obama. Several others gave as much as $2,200 to Obama, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Illinois Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

In Minnesota, many donors have given $4,600 to Clinton, Obama, Edwards, McCain and Giuliani.

Giuliani, the only candidate with a full-time office and staff in North Dakota, has raised $550, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Giuliani campaign spokesman Jared Agen could not confirm the figure, but said, "We do have a strong following in North Dakota. We've had a number of endorsements and we feel very confident with where we are, building from the ground level up."

Minn. donations



Clinton $410,985

Obama $373,989

Edwards $146,097

Richardson $69,255

Dodd $58,800

Biden $5,800

Kucinich $4,475



Giuliani $364,190

McCain $254,197

Ron Paul $48,466

Fred Thompson $47,690

Brownback $13,446

Tancredo $6,480

Huckabee $5,811


Hunter $5,640

N.D. donations


Obama $11,527

Edwards 4,850

Kucinich $4,050

Clinton $1,955

Dodd $250


(Other candidates showed no results)


McCain $6,736

Ron Paul $6,508

Romney $4,695

Thompson $4,500

Brownback $3,645

Tancredo $3,300


Hunter $3,000

Giuliani $500

All figures through Sept. 30.

Cole works for Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum. She can be reached at (701) 224-0830 or forumcap@btinet.net Funding reveals political diversity Janell Cole 20071017

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