By Robbie Ward
TUPELO – Six-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s re-election campaign reported today raising $1.7 million from January through March and having about $1.5 million on hand.
Cochran’s Campaign Manager Kirk Sims reported this information during a conference call this morning and said he will provide actual campaign finance forms today to news organizations.
“We’re really pleased with the outpouring of support throughout the state,” he said. “The amount of money raised in Mississippi is over $1 million just in this quarter.”
Cochran and GOP primary opponent Chris McDaniel and other candidates for U.S. House and Senate races must file quarterly campaign finance reports today to meet Federal Election Commission deadlines.
Bureaucratic reporting rules prevent the FEC from immediately providing campaign finance information to the public.
The Daily Journal has requested McDaniel’s campaign provide the same campaign finance information as Cochran’s campaign discloses today. As each candidate’s campaign provides FEC documents, the Daily Journal will post them online.
Cochran’s total raised during this election cycle is $2.9 million, Sims said.
Both Cochran and McDaniel receive significant campaign money from out-of-state individuals and political action committees.
McDaniel’s campaign previously reported raising $487,802 from October through December with $315,390 cash on hand. However, this was after the campaign reported inflated contributions explained by problems with software used to track campaign money.
During the same reporting period, Cochran reported raising $333,885.
Read more online and in Wednesday’s Journal.
FEC documents provided by Cochran’s campaign