Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker raised $115,091.00 from May 11th through the June 30th reporting deadline. According to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Whitaker’s first contribution came from Douglas Krueger, an executive with Nationstar Mortgage in Texas.
Krueger and his wife Tanya are one of two couples that have maxed out to the campaign for the primary and general election. The other couple is Scott & Traci Raridon from West Des Moines. Each couple has donated $10,400 to the campaign, $2,600 from each for the primary and general election campaign, making them the largest donors to Whitaker’s U.S. Senate campaign.
Of the 113 itemized contributions Whitaker received, 77 were from individuals who live in state of Iowa, 24 were from out-of-state donors, and 10 were in the form of loans from Whitaker himself. Whitaker received donations from 15 states besides Iowa. The state of Texas ranked second in fundraising to Iowa. Whitaker raised $12,900 from the Lone Star State from eight contributions, a majority of which came from the Krueger’s.
Whitaker and his wife, Marci, also donated a combined $5,200 to the campaign. He has also made a number of loans to the campaign, all for small amounts. Whitaker loaned his campaign $28.82 on May 21, $25.41 on May 26, $24.91 on May 27, $25.00 on May 31, $6.99 again on May 31, $29.94 on June 6th, and $25 on four other days in June.
The total amount that Whitaker has loaned his campaign is $241.00. It is not uncommon for candidates to reimburse themselves for travel expenses or other expenditures, but loaning the campaign money in small increments is somewhat strange. Perhaps the campaign was waiting on checks or a credit card to be issued. Otherwise, it’s hard to explain all of these paltry loans.
TheIowaRepublican.com is still waiting for the FEC to post Sam Clovis’ fundraising report. Clovis raised just $16,000 in the first reporting period.
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