Campaign finance expenditures: Dale Kooyenga

A little explanation, a minor rant, and then the content implied by the post title.

To explain: I have read dozens of campaign finance reports over the years. I consider these reports a window into both the mechanics of a campaign and also into the brains of the campaign. You’ll see what I mean as we go through things.

I have not set out to offend anyone, call them out, or imply impropriety in any way. I am merely calling attention to entries on filed reports that I find novel. I hope by doing so that I might be able to highlight the remarkably different ways candidates use their campaign accounts. Maybe someone will decide a few guidelines would be in order.

This project started because a reporter asked me to give a name for the candidate in this post who used their account for car insurance. I couldn’t do it from memory, so I started looking. Though I still haven’t found that name, I’ve found enough to make it worth my time to share it with you.

(I’m pretty sure the gala and tux were from Scott Jensen’s report. I’d mentioned it before. You can look if you’d like, but I don’t think anyone really cares.)

My mini rant? Right. I love doing all the real work for reporter people. Call me any time. Can I schedule when you’d like your shirts picked up from the cleaners now? (Grrrrr.)

Dale Kooyenga R – Brookfield is my Assembly representative. I know few people understand me, but I always look at my own elected first. It matters a lot to me what they are up to, and that can be gleaned by reading these reports.

Kooyenga is an accountant by training. He was part of the caucus who “discovered” UW money and eventually chased an education bureaucrat out of his position. Woohoo and all that. (We covered it all at the time.)

Here’s Kooyenga’s July Continuing 2013 GAB2 report.

As I mentioned, I’ve read one or two of these. Two things were unique to Kooyenga (from my experience.):

1) The man drinks a lot of coffee. He may have the record for the smallest account documentation at $1.91 January 5, 2013 at Alterra.

2) He’s the only candidate I’ve seen who charged his campaign account for his home internet connection. $71.34 is the entry.

He also paid himself back 1/3 of six months of personal cell phone expense for $300. I have seen that done once or twice.

What did I find missing? Much in the way of voter contact. He has one mailing for a little over $1,700, and that’s it. No mailing lists purchased. No robo calls. (High five Mr. Kooyenga! Thanks for that!) Little in transfer to the Republican party. No transportation expenses.

For this report: Total receipts – $1,350.00; Total expenses – $2,861.54. Ending balance – $32,116.78.