The money trail reveals new details about the race for governor in Kansas. The candidates Monday had to report their fundraising efforts over the last three months to the state.
The two reports are as different as the candidates who filed them. One is heavy with donors, the other heavy with big donations. But the challenger ended up with the bigger total this time around.
"That speaks very well of Davis and Docking," said Friends professor of politics, Dr. Russell Arben Fox. "It means they have a good organization. It means the organization is finding a lot of people that are willing to contribute not insignificant amounts of money."
The Davis/Docking report has 259 pages listing the donors who support the Democratic candidates. Compared to Republican Governor Sam Brownback's report that has 94 pages of supporters.
"That's a whole lot more names," said Dr. Fox. "That's a whole lot more groups. That's a whole lot more families, businesses and organizations."
And that gave the financial lead for the last three months to Davis, if you don't count a $500,000 loan Brownback took from his running mate late last week.
Brownback reported raising $744,281.52 plus the loan. Without any loans, Davis told the state he raised $1,121,979.94.
Dr. Fox says another telling point is who was giving the money. In Brownback's case there were more than a hundred donors who gave the maximum amount of $2,000. Add that to the money he had left over from previous quarters and Brownback still has a million dollars more to spend than Davis.
But, many of Davis' more numerous donors can donate again because they didn't max out, said Dr. Fox.
"People that probably Brownback could've counted on in the past who are being rolled up by the Davis/Docking campaign because they've got good arguments, they've got good organization and because Brownback, through some of his actions, has put a big fat target on himself," said Dr. Fox. He says the number of donors is the most telling in this case because more donors generally means more voters.
Governor Brownback called the amount of cash he has on hand, $2,365,373.43, a historic record. In a statement on his website, he said, "This report shows that our campaign continues to build momentum and that Kansans are concerned about what the future would hold under a Lawrence Liberal and Obama-styled Democrat."
Paul Davis said on his website, "Our donors are a clear reflection of the broad, bi-partisan support Jill and I have earned during the past year."