Wright, Collins top fundraisers in Senate race

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

Candidates for state Senate have raised more than $214,000 in their bid to win Tuesday’s special election, campaign finance reports show.
The winner will succeed Tupelo’s Alan Nunnelee, a state senator who won election to the U.S. House in November.
Saltillo businessman Doug Wright apparently raised more money – $154,548 – than his five competitors. But, Wright also reports that he gave $107,324 of his own money to the campaign.
Tupelo activist Nancy Adams Collins raised the second highest amount – $49,558 – with none of the other special election candidates coming close.
As they wrap up final campaign work this weekend, Collins and Tupelo Councilman Mike Bryan had about the same cash on hand. City Councilman Jonny Davis, who said he’s spent only $270 on the campaign, reported still having nearly $6,000, while Wright reported having more than twice that to spend at the end.
Candidates are required to file pre-election campaign finance reports with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office.
The reports were due Jan. 4 and are online at www.sos.ms.gov.
Collins donated $1,000 to her own campaign and reports hefty in-kind contributions for advertising space from Jeff and Larry Michael of Tupelo.