Are there any Republicans who didn't give Scott Heidepreim money?

Yup... Campaign finance reports are coming out.

And in reviewing the first few, I'm not sure why the SDGOP blew 40k on Dick Kelly's race, given the Republican pedigree of many of Scott Heidepreim's donors. Click on any of the images to enlarge if you want to read the whole painful story...


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The only one that stands out on page 2 of the report is Scott Abdallah. Given that they're law partners, that's almost to be expected. But from here on out, it gets more interesting...


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I count at least 3 or 4 former GOP Legislators, 3 former GOP county party officials, and 2 former GOP attorney generals.

Tom Katus' report isn't terribly different, with a former GOP legislator (besides Stan, who gave through his PAC) as well as a few known GOP names.

Should political observers who want to be able to predict elections be troubled by such notables crossing over like that?

Not so much that the people are writing them checks, but more as to the question of a potential party realignment. Could it mean that some of the GOP's fiscal conservatives/social moderates are breaking some traditional ties by not feeling bad about going Dem?

If the trend continues, within the Democratic Party, it could mean that Democrats are becoming more big business and fiscally conservative, marginalizing some of it's more traditional supporters.

I think about this, because it's not like the GOP isn't experiencing some realignment as well. As it becomes more conservative in it's own ways as it draws off some of the more socially conservative elements of the Dems, such as Catholics who are finally telling themselves it's ok to register Republican. (not that they've voted Democratic in recent history).

The biggest effect would be that politicos would have to think less in terms of party identification, and more in terms of other factors as they try to win elections. As opposed to trying to attract Republicans, per se, you'd go after societal segments such as social conservatives, ignoring that party id..

Food for thought.

Comments

Anonymous said…
PP,

The continued push to rush out fiscally conservative socially moderate repubs (rinos to the nuts) will continue unless the party gets a handle on what a big tent actually is. Money and votes will trickle, trickle, trickle. No tent can be built on moral absolutes when a society can't agreement what those absolutes should be.

Of course, we could all just listen to Pat Robertson and base our policies off of his personal conversations w/God.
Anonymous said…
Did you not notice that the Trial Lawyers PAC gave $17,000 in addition to all the attorneys that were muscled into giving $250? Forget about any kind of tort reform. And did anyone notice he spent $133,000 to get the seat?
Anonymous said…
PP,

Is it possible that people are voting and supporting the best candidate regardless of their party affiliation?

Oh, the shame of choosing a candidate based upon the merits rather than the party.
Anonymous said…
9:02, did you notice Dick Kelly spent about the same as Heidepriem, but Heidepriem worked harder and ran a positive campaign?
Anonymous said…
9:25, no it's not possible.

10:07, the nature of Heidepriem's campaign was not positive. He played the victim card in a very thinly veiled negative ad. "I thought my opponent was better than that..." Typical liberal B.S. Cry me a river.

9:25 & 10:07, tell Susan hello when you get home tonight.
Anonymous said…
Apparently, 2:38, Heidepriem wasn't the only one disappointed with the intensely negative tone of Dick Kelly's campaign. The voters in a heavily republican district who had previously "thought [Dick Kelly] was better than that" abandoned him for the hard-working, positive candidate.

2:38, tell Mary hello when you get home tonight!
Anonymous said…
2:38 - Who the hell is Mary? My wife's name is Amy.
Anonymous said…
2:38 - Oops, I pulled a Kloucek. And I don't even have a cut and paste email program. Anyway, who is Susan? My wife's name is Amy.
VJ said…
Trial Lawyers

I just don't know! Where does it say that all trial lawyers have to be liberals and Democrats?

After reading everything published about trial lawyers on the national and state level and also what is published in blogs, I just can't figure out why they are always on the wrong side of political issues!

Seems like trial lawyers spend a lot of money fighting Republicans.

Seems like the trial lawyers greed VS Republican values. I just don't understand it!
Anonymous said…
"where does it say that all trial lawyers have to be liberal and Democrat" I don't think they are either. How does Lee Schoenbeck make a living?
Anonymous said…
That list of donors is pretty disgusting, mostly millionaires. Lawyers, Doctors, Business Execs, Lobbyists,and the Gambling Industry.Scotty will owe a lot of favors to the rich who just want to get richer, at the expense or us poor peons.
Anonymous said…
7:44: You sound like a liberal crybaby.... Maybe if you spent less time whining on this blog and more time working - you wouldn't be a poor peon.
Anonymous said…
9:27: No, I'm a conservative crybaby, who probably works more hours in a week, as a small businessman, than any of you. I'm tired of seeing the rich country-clubbers running the state.
Anonymous said…
Conservative Crybaby: how much of a tax deduction did you take on the "work" computer you used to post these blogs? As a taxpayer who funds the tax breaks that protects small businesspeople like yourself from the free market, I'd like to know.

Maybe you're just not tough enough to compete in a global market that doesn't have all of the liberal protectionist measures that true fiscal conservatives oppose?

PS - I am on my way to work. Have you even gotten out of bed yet?
Anonymous said…
It is disgusting how the liberals in the GOP are supporting democrats in many different races. I don't blame them for supporting candidates of their stripe, but by God, give up your party leadership positions and become a card-carrying member of the SD Democrat Party and the ACLU. Isn't that what you liberal republicans really want to do? Quit pretending to be republicans! Switch! Have the balls of Heidepriem and quit trying to fool yourselves and everyone else.

These are probably the same republicans who despise Ronald Reagan's legacy.
Anonymous said…
Dear 5:53 AM, I don't have a computer at work, and I don't take any tax deductions for it. My line of work has no possible relation to a "global market", and I know of absolutely no "protectionist measures" that help me. I was probably still in bed when you wrote your brilliant comments, but only because my 2 small children keep me up late and wake me during the night.
Anonymous said…
10:23 Apparently you are the only person in the world who has two small children. And apparently you are the only person in the world who has a job that is not impacted by the global economy. Read the post previous to yours (that's the one directly before your last one) and go join the Democrats. We don't need your half baked protectionist, hand the money to the whiners, liberal ideas.
Anonymous said…
I run a small retail business in a small town. I don't know much about protectionism, or have many liberal ideas, I don't know why you think I do. I just resent you greedy know-it-all-types who cause the price of everything I have to buy, including insurance, to go sky-high with your $500. to 10,000. dollar an hour rates. There is no free competition and I can do nothing about it, except whine. Free enterprise and a free market only work when all its members are honest, and not greedy gougers.

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