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Apr 24, 2012


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Max Hailperin

Editor's note: Busted! Thanks, Max!

Given your praiseworthy tradition of scrupulous attention to the hard numbers contained in FEC reports, I'm surprised you uncritically quoted a Journal reader's comment that "Most of [Walz's] financial support comes $20 or $50 at a time, too."

The FEC report for the election cycle to date (01/01/2011-03/31/3012) shows only $224,736 of Walz's fundraising being from unitemized individuals, i.e., those giving $200 or less. By contrast, he raised $499,356 from itemized individuals (those giving more) and $469,425 from other committees (i.e., PACs).

Admittedly, these financial realities don't undermine the reader's bottom-line conclusion that Walz has "grass-roots support that is hard to beat." Many of the itemized contributors may also be grass-roots supporters; the real question isn't whether they gave more than $200, but whether they live in the district and support Walz with more than just dollars. Also, even just the unitemized donations dwarf Quist and Parry's totals.

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