Gov. Hoeven Leads North Dakota Money Race

Gov. John Hoeven (search) has raised almost $1.5 million for his re-election campaign, more than half of which he has collected this year, newly filed campaign disclosure reports show.

Hoeven's Democratic opponent, Joe Satrom (search), has raised about $400,000, Satrom's campaign report says. As of Oct. 13, Hoeven's campaign had $253,918 on hand, more than six times Satrom's figure of $40,628.

The filings were the most prominent of a batch of campaign disclosures turned in to Secretary of State Al Jaeger's office on Thurpread support that the people are showing for the governor, the work he has done, and the progress that the state is making."

This year, Hoeven has raised $816,340 in both small and large contributions, his report says. Of that sum, $668,360 was in donations of more than $200. He began the year with $630,333 in his campaign fund.

Satrom began the year with $692 in his campaign treasury, his disclosure report says. He has raised $397,072 in small and large donations, with $286,108 coming in donations of more than $200.

Chad Oban, Satrom's campaign manager, said the challenger knew at the start of his race that Hoeven would enjoy a financial edge.

"Money's not what voters care about. It is a moot point to them," Oban said. "Obviously, we would have rather had more money than less money, but we're satisfied with where we are at."