The law about campaign finance disclosure has an interesting quirk.
Campaign donations do not have to be reported until they are “deposited.”
So, if you hold a fundraiser on the last day of the reporting period, as McHenry County Sheriff aspirant Andy Zinke did on June 30th, you don’t have to report how much you raised until early October.
And, Zinke didn’t.
There are two strategies in reporting campaign finances.
One can be like State Rep. Jack Franks in that July a year year before the 2010 gubernatorial primary election.
You can show lots of money in an attempt to make others take your ambitions seriously.
That strategy didn’t work, at least in part, because about 90% of the $1.3 million Franks reported was from family and friends.
Zinke has taken what might be called the “keep ‘em guessing” approach.
One might guess that results from a lack of serious funding.
At least so far.
Or maybe he wants a $100,000 number before he makes his finances public.
If so, he would have until the end of September to solicit the money.
Reporting $4,735 at the end of June, Zinke surely is not close to that amount now.
Indeed, from April 1st through June 30th, only $240 in contributions were reported, all $150 or under.
Of course, if Zinke has no opponent, he would need no money.
That happened GOP Coroner candidate Dr. Anne Majewski.
And with a Northwest Herald giving him prominent coverage, which does not have to be reported as a contribution in-kind, maybe Zinke doesn’t need a lot of money to win the 2012 Republican primary election.
Zinke’s D-2 follows for your perusal.
One would have thought with a fundraiser widely promoted–even though it was free for precinct committeemen and assorted others whose presence would be beneficial–that some would have paid enough in advance for the money have been deposited.
No big contribution either. They have to be reported fairly quickly.