Nunnelee's election victory brings new tide of donations

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

New U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee picked up nearly $65,000 in campaign contributions after he won the November contest against incumbent Travis Childers.
Nunnelee, a Republican from Tupelo, reported that his campaign committee pulled in $64,825 from late November until the end of 2010, with 66 percent coming from political action committees.
The largest of the 22 PAC contributions were $5,000 each from Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, National Beer Wholesalers Association PAC and Mississippi Power Co. Federal PAC.
He started 2011 with $122,263 cash on hand.
Jan. 31 was the deadline for candidates to file their federal campaign financial reports.
Childers outraised Nunnelee in their general election battle, but Nunnelee soundly defeated the Democrat to cap off a nearly year-long contest for the 1st Congressional District seat.
While Childers did not face a party opponent, Nunnelee beat out two others – former Eupora mayor Henry Ross and former Fox News analyst Angela McGlowan of Oxford.
In his year-end report, Ross shows that he raised $86,135 and spent $130,725. He still owes himself $50,000.
McGlowan’s year-end report lists $9,450 in donations after the election.
Her campaign’s total receipts during 2010 were $98,782, including her own $2,000 loan.
Childers’ report shows, in the final days of the year, that his campaign reimbursed him $9,535 on a 2008 loan but he forgave the balance of the $100,000 amount.
Mississippi’s two U.S. senators also filed year-end campaign reports. Neither faced an election in 2010.
Sen. Thad Cochran of Oxford shows a $674,643 cash balance for his Senate Victory Fund political action committee.
The PAC took in $595,213 during 2010 and handed out $205,500 to Republican candidates for office.
Sen. Roger Wicker’s year-end report for his Responsibility and Freedom Work PAC shows $25,768 cash on hand after taking in nearly $170,000 and handing out some $130,000 to other federal candidates or PACs.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com.