In politics, it’s an all-out sprint to the finish line. Cash is important, and so are your friends.
With the Nov. 2 general election 17 days away, incumbent U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, a Democrat, still leads in the money race – with money raised, spent and cash on hand.
But his Republican opponent, state Sen. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo, outraised him by nearly $100,000 in the third quarter.
Still, Childers has nearly a $172,000 cash margin.
Childers’ re-election campaign reports $307,052 in contributions since July, making its election-cycle total $1,651,351.
This quarter, contributions from individuals hit $127,318 with political action committees boosting his totals with $179,700.
Nunnelee reports $485,126 in third-quarter contributions, bringing his cycle total to $1,369,951.
His individual contributions hit $395,628, with PACS adding $86,649.
How much have the two campaigns spent so far?
* Childers – $715,674 in the third quarter. $1,224,004 total.
* Nunnelee – $413,528 in the third quarter. $1,078,920 total.
Across the campaign cycle, Childers’ campaign reports $951,481 contributions from political action committees, which accounts for 57.6 percent of his total receipts.
As for Nunnelee, his reports show $1,182,218 from individuals, accounting for 86.2 percent of all his campaign contributions.
Boosting Nunnelee’s anti-Childers efforts is $216,308 from American Future Fund, whose website says it’s aimed at educating citizens about common conservative, free-market principles.
The National Republican Congressional Committee came through with $371,880 and the Founders Joint Candidate Committee of Alexandria, Va., gave $18,186.
Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce used $137,208 against Nunnelee for Childers.
He’s also gotten $505,046 from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The third-quarter report was due Sept. 15 to reflect campaign finances from July 1 through Sept. 30. Reports with the Federal Election Commission are mandatory when campaigns begin to receive contributions.
Childers and Nunnelee face seven other candidates on the ballot.
The most active among them is independent Les Green, a DeSoto County school teacher.
Green’s report shows he’s still got $1,698 cash from $29,584 total contributions. He raised $8,795 during the third quarter.
None of the other candidates filed FEC reports.
One interesting entry in Childers’ report was for a $1,500 contribution that bounced from a professional poker player named Dennis N. Phillips of Cottage Hills, Ill.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about the candidates financial reports in today’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.
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