Tupelo gives Nunnelee biggest boost

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal


TUPELO – U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., who is the incumbent candidate in the 1st District congressional race, earned more than half of his most recent campaign contributions from within the state.
According to his campaign finance report for the fourth quarter of 2011, Mississippians gave him $110,000 of the $191,960 he had earned during that period.
Most came from individuals, but he also raised some from companies and political action committees.
In all, political action committees gave $63,975. Most of them were based out of state with the largest cluster coming from the Washington area.
Two lobbyists also gave to Nunnelee: Thomas L. Mills and Constantine Papavizas of Winston & Strawn, who gave $1,000 and $500, respectively.
The firm itself also gave $1,000. Based in Washington, Winston & Strawn lobbies for numerous groups, including USA Maritime, Boeing and Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Nunnelee faces Republicans Henry Ross and Robert Estes in the GOP primary on March 13. Ross raised $1,300 from two contributors – Gulfport contractor and former gubernatorial candidate Dave Dennis, $1,000; and Corinth retiree Leondis Horton, $300 – in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Ross also gave himself a $58,000 loan.
Estes didn’t start his fundraising until 2012, said his campaign spokeswoman Monica Smith.
Also in the race are Democrat Brad Morris and Libertarian Danny Bedwell. Neither had raised contributions last year. They’ll face the winner of the GOP primary in the November general election.
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com