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Hoeven has $1.2 million; Mathern, $82,000

BISMARCK -- Gov. John Hoeven has raised nearly $264,000 since Jan. 1 and has $1.2 million in cash on hand, his campaign reported Thursday. Hoeven's opponent, Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, raised $71,000 since Jan. 1 and has $82,000 on hand. Thursday...

BISMARCK -- Gov. John Hoeven has raised nearly $264,000 since Jan. 1 and has $1.2 million in cash on hand, his campaign reported Thursday.

Hoeven's opponent, Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo, raised $71,000 since Jan. 1 and has $82,000 on hand.

Thursday was the deadline for North Dakota candidates, political parties, and other political committees to report pre-primary fund raising to Secretary of State Al Jaeger. The primary is June 10.

Hoeven has raised more than $1.5 million in the past 17 months and said Thursday that he's "thankful and encouraged" by the level of support. His largest donors so far this year are Basin Electric Power Cooperative of Bismarck and his father, Jack Hoeven of Minot, who each gave $10,000.

He's also raised $8,000 since the pre-primary report's May 21 cut-off date.

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Mathern, who began his campaign in August, raised $33,000 in 2007, bringing his 2007-08 total to a bit more than $104,000. Four years ago, Hoeven opponent Joe Satrom raised about $120,000 in a similar period.

Mathern's biggest donation is $10,000 from Sen. Kent Conrad's political action committee, DAKPAC.

Mathern's campaign will benefit from his convention opponent's treasury. Rep. Merle Boucher, D-Rolette, who is now Mathern's running mate, said Thursday he'll use the $6,000 still on hand from his pre-convention duel with Mathern for his lieutenant governor campaign.

Hamm tops other races

Next most prolific in fundraising is incumbent Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm, with more than $72,000 so far this year and $60,000 on hand on May 21. He is seeking election after being appointed to the office in October. He raised an additional $6,500 from Kenmare Oil Service Company owner Bob Mau after the May 21 cut-off date. Hamm raised no money last year.

Democratic-NPL insurance commissioner candidate Rep. Jasper Schneider, D-Fargo, has raised $36,000 this year and has $51,000 on hand, thanks to $27,000 raised in 2007.

Republican Public Service Commission candidate Brian Kalk of Fargo reports $45,700 brought in and $31,000 on hand. His opponent, Democrat Cheryl Bergian of Fargo, raised $20,000 and has about $9,000 on hand.

In the state treasurer's race, half of Democratic-NPL challenger Mitch Vance's $13,000 came from the North Dakota congressional delegation's PACs. His single largest receipt is $5,000 from Sen. Kent Conrad's DAKPAC. He reports $9,000 on hand. He is challenging incumbent Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, who reports raising $4,400 so far this year, with $7,000 on hand. She raised $3,800 last year.

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Republican state Auditor Bob Peterson continued his low-key ways, raising $200 since the first of the year to boost his cash on hand to $1,700. His opponent, Democrat Daryl Splichal of Mandan, raised $8,900, with $8,500 of it coming from the congressional delegations' PACs.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Wayne Sanstead reported raising $11,300 this year and has nearly that much left on hand. His opponent, Max Laird of Thompson, has raised $2,005.

Legislators, legislative candidates

Few of the nearly 140 legislative candidates have collected repor-table campaign donations since Jan. 1. Legislative candidates don't report totals raised, only donations of more than $200 from a person or entity.

As Jamie Selzler, Democratic-NPL executive director, put it Thursday: "When you don't have to report anything under $200, it's hard to know how much candidates are raising. These reports may show they're raising nothing, but they could have 1,000 people giving them $100 apiece."

Conrad's DAKPAC and the North Dakota Education Association's PAC are most active so far this year in larger donations to legislative races, judging by an incomplete list of reports on file with the secretary of state's Web site Thursday afternoon.

Janell Cole works for Forum Communications Co., which owns The Dickinson Press.

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