By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Incumbent congressional candidate Alan Nunnelee outraised and outspent his closest primary opponent by hundreds of thousands of dollars during the first months of 2012.
Nunnelee, a freshman U.S. representative, earned $180,540 in political contributions since the beginning of the year, according to his campaign finance report filed Thursday. He already had $433,634.91 cash on hand when the reporting period began.
Two-time challenger Henry Ross raised $29,129.58 from donors during the same time. That came on top of the $51,426.82 that Ross brought into the new year.
A third candidate in the Republican primary race, Robert Estes, hadn’t filed his campaign finance report by press time. He had raised no money prior to 2012, said his campaign manager Monica Smith.
Most of Ross’ contributions came from Northeast Mississippi residents, with the majority hailing from his hometown of Eupora. Donations generally ranged from $250 to $1,000. Jim and Liria Frerer of Tupelo gave the largest amount: $5,000.
“We’re pleased,” Ross said. “We always want more. The more you have, the better you get your message out with. But we have enough to get our message out through various media outlets.”
Nunnelee’s contributions also largely originated from Northeast Mississippi sources, but he collected big sums from supporters throughout the state and in the Washington, D.C., area.
Among his contributors were former Gov. Haley Barbour, former Hollywood agent Sam Haskell and former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale. He also raised more than $30,000 from numerous political action committees, associations and candidate support groups.
“I’m excited to have the support of people all over Mississippi,” Nunnelee said. “They’re supporting me with their financial contributions, but also with their time.”
Nunnelee’s campaign spent $262,299.42 during the first two months of the year compared to $31,128.86 spent by Ross.
The men face off, along with Estes, in the March 13 primary. The winner will meet Democrat Brad Morris and Libertarian Danny Bedwell in November.
Morris already has raised $40,900 this year, with $30,050 coming from a loan to himself, his report shows. Bedwell has not filed a report.
Pre-primary activity (Jan. 1- Feb. 22)
Total raised: $180,540
Total spent: $262,299.42
Cash on hand Jan. 1: $433,634.91
Cash on hand Feb. 29: $351,875.49
• RJ Allen III, Oxford
• Haley Barbour, Yazoo City
• A.B. Bowen, Belden
• Gordon M Castleberry, West Point
• Gary A Chism, Columbus
• Karl Cornwell, Tupelo
• William E Cox, Columbus
• Walter M Denny Jr., Ridgeland
• William M Dye Jr., Oxford
• J Dwight Dyess, West Point
• Roger Flynt, Oxford
• James C Galloway, Columbus
• Margaret B. Hall, Oxford
• Margaret Hamilton, Oxford
• Sam Haskell, Oxford
• Larry E Homan, Fulton
• Joe Kea, Tupelo
• Andrew Kellum, Tupelo
• Mark Kellum, Tupelo
• William Lewis Jr., Oxford
• William S Mayo, Oxford
• Mary C. Mills, Ridgeland
• Charles Montgomery, Tupelo
• Joshua H. Newman, Tupelo
• Don Newcomb, Oxford
• Michael H Overstreet, Oxford
• Robert Perry, Corinth
• Malinda Prewitt, Tupelo
• Al Puckett, Columbus
• James Rayner, Oxford
• Robert L Smith, Hernando
• Thomas Wooldridge, Tupelo
• Wirt A Yerger Jr., Tupelo
• Associated General Contractors of America PAC, Arlington, Va.
• Butler Snow PAC, Jackson
• Chamber of Commerce of the United States PAC, Washington, D.C.
• Deloitte Federal PAC, Washington, D.C.
• Farm Credit Council PAC, Washington, D.C.
• Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Citizenship Committee, Phoenix
• Friends of Brad Mayor, Oxford
• Gray Tollison for Senate, Oxford
• National Association of Convenience Stores PAC, Alexandria, Va.
• Philips Electronics North America Corp. PAC, Washington, D.C.
• Pinnacle West Capital Corp. PAC, Washington, D.C.
• Raytheon Co. PAC, Arlington, Va.
• National Agriculture Aviation Association PAC, Washington, D.C.
• Bobby L. Beebe
• Employees of the Northrop Grumman Corp. PAC, Los Angeles
• American Society Anesthesiologists PAC, Park Ridge, Ill.
• National Association of Realtors, Chicago
• Edwin E Meek, Oxford
• Jim Barksdale, Ridgeland
• Mike Caracci, Ridgeland
• V M Cleveland, Tupelo
• William W. Lampton, Jackson
• Shirley Lee, Brandon
• Danielle Linton, Columbus
• Gregory Pirkle, Tupelo
• Elizabeth C Smith, Oxford
• Dennis Tosh, Oxford
• Vision Engineering, Sherman (TO BE RETURNED)
• Wayne Washington, Tupelo
• Norbert Bennett, Holland, N.Y.
• Colleen Galvin, Orchard Park, N.Y.
• G O Griffith Jr., Alexandria, Va.
• Susan Griffith, Alexandria, Va.
• Bill Hawks, Washington, D.C.
• Linder for Congress, Duluth, Ga.
• MAV6 Edgefighter PAC, Alexandria, Va.
• Richard Mills, Ridgeland
• John I Brasher, Batesville
• John P Fullenwider, Oxford
• J Morgan, Oxford
• Pam Wells, Ridgeland
• Rob Wells, Ridgeland
• Senate Victory Fund PAC, Tupelo
• Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America PAC, Fairfax, Va.
Pre-primary activity (Jan. 1- Feb. 22)
Total raised: $29,129.58
Total spent: $31,128.86
Cash on hand Jan. 1: $51,426.82
Cash on hand Feb. 29: $49,427.54
• David Dabbs, Eupora
• Carol L Freels, Eupora
• Buchanan Meek, attorney, Eupora
• Doug Mitchell, Corinth
• Thomas Joe Browder, Eupora (IN-KIND)
• Carol L. Freels (IN-KIND)
• Charlotte E. Doehner, Corinth (IN-KIND)
• Ricky Fly, Scobey
• Jim and Liria Frerer, Tupelo