Childers builds war chest for 2010 re-election bid

U.S. Rep. Travis Childers’ campaign raised $233,244 during 2009’s second quarter, bringing his year-to-date receipts to $462,308.
According to required reporting to the Federal Election Commission, Childers paid out $240,802 for campaign work during the past three months to leave him with $289,006 cash on hand.
Childers was elected in 2008 through party primaries, a special election and general election to succeed Roger Wicker of Tupelo, appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour to the seat vacated by Trent Lott in late 2007.
The conservative Democrat from Booneville is expected to have Republican opposition when he seeks re-election in 2010. Among the names mentioned against him are state Sen. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo and retired businessman Sam Haskell of Oxford.
Childers’ gains compare with Mississippi Democratic Reps. Gene Taylor of Bay St. Louis with $74,626 receipts and $233,112 cash on hand, and Bennie Thompson of Bolton with $413,559 receipts and $1.58 million cash on hand; and Republican Gregg Harper of Brandon with $72,618 receipts and $60,815 cash on hand.
Childers’ individual second-quarter donations totaled $113,522 from 160 people.
Among top regional donors are, at $1,000 each, J.M. Ash of Potts Camp, Greg Beard of Booneville, Richard Bowen of Iuka, John R. Bradley Jr. of Oxford, David Brevard of Tupelo, Chip Crane of Fulton, Thomas L. Davis Jr. of Houlka, Thomas Lynn Davis of Tupelo, Danny Franklin of Tupelo, Jason D. Herring of Saltillo, Kenneth Kirk of Tupelo, Casey Lott of Booneville, John Lovern of Tupelo, Bobby Martin of Ripley, Ronald Michael of Booneville, J. Scott Middleton of Oxford, Bill Morgan of Booneville, Johnny Morgan of Oxford, Mark D. Tapp of Booneville and James E. Vance of Tupelo.
Others known for political involvement, even some Republicans, include Danny Cupit of Jackson, $2,400; Woods Eastland of Indianola, $1,000; W.W. Gresham III of Indianola, $1,000; Larry Homan of Fulton, $2,400; J.L. Holloway of Jackson, $250; William W. Lampton of Jackson, $1,000; Williams H. Liston of Winona, $1,000; Dick Molpus of Jackson, $1,000; Michael C. Moore of Flowood, $250; Jimmy Murphy of Booneville, $2,400; William A. Percy II of Greenville, $1,000; Jack Reed Sr., of Tupelo, $250; Rep. Tommy Reynolds of Water Valley, $500; Mike Sturdivant Jr. of Glendora, $1,000; Mike P. Sturdivant of Glendora, $500; Thomas L. Wallace of Columbia, $1,000 and Marty Fuller of Starkville, $2,000.
Political Action Committee donations totaled $118,901 from 81 donors.
Among them were American Bankers Association PAC, $1,000; American Hospital Association, $2,000; Entergy Corp. PAC, $1,500; National Rifle Association, $1,000; Navistar Inc. Good Government Committee, $2,000.
Top givers at $5,000 each were American Crystal Sugar Co. PAC, American Health Care Association PAC, Building Relationships in Diverse Geography, Mississippi Power Co. Federal PAC and National Association of Realtors PAC.
When Childers fought his way to win in 2008, he raised $1.8 million compared with GOP opponent Greg Davis’ $1.5 million.

Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.

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