The financial reports are coming in on the race for 1st District Congressman. Most everyone expected that millionaire burger magnate, Kevin Hern would have the deepest 'warchest' in the race. Well that's an understatement. His $1.4 million about double the combined funds of the other four (they total $721,000).
Attentive voters will remember that Hern refused to participate in the June 5th congressional debate that several conservative civic groups put on. He told organizers that he "just cannot reschedule this fundraiser".
Tim Harris and Andy Coleman both reported about $300k in funding. Harris is a client of Advocacy Insight LLC (AI), which includes some of the principals of the old AH Strategies. AH Strategies ceased operations shortly after one of the founders was named in a criminal indictment for alleged violations. That investigation continues.
Coleman & Nathan Dahm share support from many of the same types of fiscal conservative and values-voter groups. Dahm has raised about $120,000
Last Days Drama
Hern's campaign suddenly pivoted negative just days after publicly calling on the others to run their own campaigns positively. The impact of some independent issue groups were evidently doing too much damage to Hern and he launched his own negative campaign against Coleman in an attempt to drive down Coleman's support.
Meanwhile, former Congressman Jim Bridenstine made good on his warning to Hern about unauthorized use of his image and name. Bridenstine then exposed Hern's previous campaign efforts to unseat Bridenstine.