House race: Childers leads pack in fundraising

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

If money were votes, incumbent U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, D-Booneville, would be the hands-down favorite so far in the race for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District seat.
If the scales tilted according to money from individuals, Republican state Sen. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo would have the advantage.
But the general election is six months away, and the three-way GOP primary is first up on June 1.
Nunnelee faces Angela McGlowan of Oxford, a consultant and former Fox News commentator, and former Eupora Mayor Henry Ross.
April 15 was the deadline for all candidates to file their first-quarter finance reports for 2010.
Seven independent or non-mainstream candidates also will be on the Nov. 2 ballot, but none of their reports shows up on the Federal Election Commission’s online site yet.
In announcing their totals, Childers touts his $700,316 war chest, while Nunnelee points to his greater percentage of individual donors.
McGlowan hasn’t issued any public comments about her fundraising efforts, but Hunter Lipscomb with the Ross campaign said his candidate really didn’t start raising money until mid-March.
They both are below Nunnelee, although with a $50,000 personal loan, Ross’ receipts are respectable.
Chiefly what counts is cash on hand: Nunnelee leads the GOP field with $294,647 followed by Ross with $96,777 and McGlowan with $15,734.
Their totals are dwarfed by Childers’ $700,316.
Nunnelee’s report shows 179 individual campaign donations, with nearly all from Mississippi, and two from PACs – $5,000 from BancorpSouth’s PAC and $1,000 from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s PAC. However, a couple of other PACs show up in a separate list – $2,000 from Majority Committee PAC of Bakersfield, Calif., and $1,000 from Renasant Bank Employees’ PAC.
His top individual givers at $2,400 were Douglas Wright of Saltillo, Douglas Wright Sr. of Olive Branch (two gifts), Jordan Wright, an Alabama nursing student (two gifts) and Stephanie Wright of Saltillo, along with J. Bayard Boyle Jr. of Memphis, William A. Brown of Brown Bottling Group (two gifts) and James Lunsford of Southaven.
Among his other individual givers are well-known GOP names, such as Eddie Briggs, James H. Herring, Sen. Billy Hewes, John Keast and state Auditor Stacey Pickering.
One unusual listing is for two $1,000 gifts from John T. Bean III of Columbus, who is described as a “busboy” with University Management Inc.
McGlowan lists 31 donors, including $1,000 from former TVA leader and former Tupelo Mayor Glenn McCullough Jr. of Tupelo, who ran for the GOP nomination to Congress during a hotly contested campaign in 2008. He is one of only five of her donors from Mississippi.
Ross’ top givers, among his 47 donors, are businessmen Mike Maddox of Eupora and Richard M. Mayers of Vernon, Ala., at $2,400 each.
Childers’ 141 individual donors include 102 from Mississippi. Among top-givers are Pontotoc attorney Bobby R. Wood, $4,800, Memphis investor George T. Johnson, $4,800, and $2,400 donors Diana Pounds, Jimmy Murphy, Kenneth P. Geno Jr., all of Booneville, and the Mississippi Band of Chocaw Indians, $2,400.
Among prominent donors are West Point Mayor Scott Ross, Jack Reed Sr. of Tupelo and Fulton contractor Johnny L. Crane II.
Childers’ financial strong point comes from donations from 79 political action committees formed by companies, interest organizations and other elected officials.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.

What they reported Jan-Mar 2010:
CANDIDATE RECEIPTS EXPENSES CASH ON HAND
Childers $220,477 $70,464 $700,316
McGlowan $37,860 $22,125 $15,734
Nunnelee $157,782 $155,527 $294,647
Ross $110,786 $14,008 $96,777
Total from individuals
Childers $109,545
McGlowan $24,488
Nunnelee $144,427
Ross $35,167
Total from PACs
Childers $110,897
McGlowan $1,000
Nunnelee $6,000
Ross $0
Total from loans
Childers $0
McGlowan $2,000
Nunnelee $6,798
Ross $50,000
SOURCE: Federal Election Commission