Nesselhuf a leading spender in District 17 House campaign Reedy had smallest expenditures of success

Nesselhuf a leading spender in District 17 House campaign Reedy had smallest expenditures of successful candidates by David Lias Had the South Dakota Legislature passed a bill introduced by District 17 Rep. B.J. Nesselhuf last year, local voters would have known before last November's election that the Vermillion Democrat was the top spender among the district's four S.D. House candidates.

According to a report filed Jan. 14 by Friends of Nesselhuf with the South Dakota secretary of state's office, the incumbent legislator from Vermillion began his campaign with $569.14 on hand. He raised $9,573 in direct contributions, with $150 of in kind contributions, giving him a total of $10,292.14 of cash in his campaign coffers.

Nesselhuf spent $2,650 in advertising and $1,675.60 in postage. Printing costs for his campaign totaled $3,982.15. Other expenditures from his campaign fund include $500 for salaries, $200 for telephones, and $650 for travel.

Friends of Nesselhuf also lists contributions of $100 each to the S.D. House campaigns of Tim Even and Terry Hutchingson, and $250 to the gubernatorial campaign of James Abbott of Vermillion among its expenditures.

Republican Donna Schafer won election to her first term in the S.D. House by raising $8,228. She spent all but $118.97 of that amount on her campaign.

Schafer began her race for the District 17 House seat with no money on hand. She raised $4,535 in direct contributions, and brought in an additional $3,693 to her campaign through fund-raising events.

Schafer spent $2,481.86 on advertising, $503.93 on postage, and $1,321.78 on printing. Her campaign expenditures also included $250 for rent, $25 for salaries and $735.86 on travel.

She also listed several other expenses in her successful bid for the S.D. House. They include $342.65 for promotionals, $23.05 for a plat book, and several expenses from fund-raising activities, including $37.84 for "small items," $1,342.78 for food and pop, and $720 for "fund-raiser plane tickets."

She spent $74.23 on candy for parades, $70 on pizza for workers, $110.89 on pictures for advertising, $22.25 for check charges and $47 for a "thank you dinner."

Democrat Joe Reedy spent the least of the three successful legislative candidates on his re-election campaign to the S.D. Senate. He began his campaign with $451.76 of cash on hand. He received $6,364 in direct contributions, and an in kind contribution of $150 in the form of advertising from the South Dakota Education Association.

Reedy contributed $26.84 of his own money to his campaign. His campaign finances totaled $6,992.60. He had no money left over from the 2002 race.

His opponent, Republican Judy Clark of Vermillion, spent twice as much on her unsuccessful attempt to be re-elected to the legislature. Clark, an incumbent in the S.D. House, attempted to win Reedy's position in the S.D. Senate.

Clark raised $13,821.17 in direct contributions, and added a personal contribution of $955 to her campaign fund. She spent $14,654.22, and had $121.95 left on hand when she filed her report in late December 2002.

Clark's expenses includ-ed $6,618.09 in advertising, $2,853.87 on postage, and $5,182.26 for printing.

Vermillion businessman Jere Chap-man spent $8,677.18 on his unsuccessful attempt to represent District 17 in the S.D. House.

Chapman, a Republican, began his campaign with no money on hand. He raised $7,877.18 in direct contributions, and gathered $800 for his campaign through fund-raising events.

He also received an in-kind contribution worth $114.59 in the form of an advertisement from the Clay County Republican Party.

Chapman spent $3,495.11 on advertising, $1,563.46 on postage, and $2,711.37 on printing. Other expenses include $450 for salaries, and a total of $457.24 for parade candy, donations of church suppers, pictures and food for volunteers.

Vermillion Democrat Brendyn Richards spent $4,335.20 in his attempt to win election to the S.D. House from District 17.

Richards received $4,282.15 in direct contributions, and spent $59.94 on his campaign. He spent $4,335.20, leaving $6.89 in his campaign fund after the election.

Richards spent $1,270.44 on advertising, $746.92 on postage, $2,096.50 on printing, and listed $221.34 in travel expenses.

Candidates must make an itemized list of individuals, political parties and political action committees (PACS) who make direct contributions of $100 or more to their campaigns.

They don't have to itemize direct contributions of less than $100; they may combine the totals of the smaller contributions and enter them as unitemized contributions in the report.

Nesselhuf raised $1,300 in itemized contributions from individuals and $1,693 in unitemized individual donations. He also received $2,500 from the Clay County Democrats, and $1,300 from the South Dakota Democratic Party.

Friends of Nesselhuf received $2,780 in itemized contributions from PACs.

Schafer's campaign received $650 in itemized contributions from individuals and $1,085 in unitemized individual donations. She received $450 from the Turner County Republican Committee, $950 from the Clay County Republicans, and $500 from the South Dakota Republican State Central Committee. PAC contributions to Schafer's campaign totaled $900.

Reedy funded his campaign, in part, with $884 of unitemized contributions from individuals. He lists only one

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itemized individual contribution, in the amount of $150.

Reedy's campaign raised $2,830 in itemized contributions from PACs. It also received $2,500 from the Clay County Democrats.

Clark received $6,821.17 in unitemized contributions from individuals, and $850 in itemized individual contributions.

Clark's campaign also received $1,290 from Republican State Central Committee of South Dakota, $1,010 from the Clay County Republican Party, and $400 from the Turner County Republican Committee.

Her campaign received $3,450 in itemized contributions from PACs.

Chapman received $3,117.18 in unitemized contributions from individuals. Itemized individual contributions to his campaign totaled $2,000.

He received $250 from the Republican State Central Committee of South Dakota, $1,020 from the Clay County Republicans, and $450 from the Turner County Republicans.

PAC itemized donations to Chapman's campaign totaled $1,040.

Richards reported $632.15 of unitemized individual donations to his campaign. He received a total of $550 in itemized individual contributions.

His campaign received $500 in itemized contributions from PACs. He also received two donations of $2,000 and $500 from the Clay County Democratic Party, and $100 from the S.D. Democratic Leadership Fund.

Nesselhuf introduced a bill last year that would have required legislative candidates to file campaign reports a week before each election unless they had no opponents in a primary election. The bill failed 13-53 in the state House early in last year's session.

Existing law allows legislative candidates to file reports after elections.

Nesselhuf said last January that he offered the measure because legislators should be treated no differently than other candidates. People should know before going to the polls how much money legislative candidates raised and spent, he said.

"It's worth it to ensure that people have all the information they need in order to make an informed vote," Nesselhuf said in an Associated Press report.

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