UPDATE:The Tammy Baldwin campaign has contacted me and told me that, after looking through their own records, the nearly $30,000 of unaccounted campaign cash can be attributed to the $20,000 the campaign paid in dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the $10,000 of dues to the Dem Party of Wisconsin.
Some numbers on Wispolitics candidate fundraising reports caught my attention. It started with a couple of puzzling instances from the 8th Congressional District GOP primary:
For instance, Wispolitics reported in July that Terri McCormick's campaign had $99,000 on hand at the end of the 2nd quarter. A few days ago, the site reported that McCormick had since raised $44,443, spent $115,051 and had a grand total of $1,611 left on hand.
99,000 + 44,443 = 143,443. 143,443 - 115,051 = 28, 392
Considering other things I've heard about the McCormick campaign, I would be inclined to believe the faulty reporting is its fault, rather that of Wispolitics' of the FEC. However, a look at the numbers attributed to the Roth campaign shows similar discrepancies.
According to the report, the Roth campaign has $61,818 on hand. How is that possible, however, if Roth had $80,000 on hand at the end of the last filing period, raised 31,396 this past period, and spent $57,233 during the period?
80,000 + 31,396 = 111,396. 111,396 - 57,233 = 54,163
The numbers for Tammy Baldwin are nearly $30,000 off. She reported $783,000 on hand at the end of the 2nd quarter. She then raised $85,244 in the 3rd quarter, and spent $62,907. Somehow she ended the quarter with only $775,775 on hand. If you do the math, she should have $805,337.
Bizarre. Could anybody who knows FEC reporting better than me explain the seeming incoherence of these figures? At first I figured that debt taken out by a candidate