Friday, July 22, 2011

FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS: Flake's 2nd Quarter Contributions Slow, But Now Has $2 Million In Bank

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-CD6) has practically cleared the field for the Republican nomination to replace Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ).  His fundraising slowed a bit in the 2nd quarter (ended June 30), but he managed to increase his campaign's cash on hand figure to just more than $2 million dollars. ($2,002,620.56, to be exact.)

You will recall that he raised more than $1 million in the six weeks after he announced his candidacy.  In the 13 subsequent weeks, he raised $830,226.10.  A slower pace, but still not too shabby.

His expenses did skyrocket as his campaign matured.  He again spent big (more than $80,000) on direct mail efforts in the 2nd quarter, and loaded up on consultants and fundraising expenses.  His expenditures were approximately $88,000 in the 1st quarter; this period, they rose to $390,000.  ($389,432.42, to be exact.)

A couple of Republicans have reported raising some money for the primary, Douglas McKee ($19,752 cash on hand) and Bryan Hackbarth (former mayor of Youngtown, $206 cash on hand with $1,000 debt).  Many more high profile Republicans who were reportedly interested in the race have either taken a pass or remained on the sidelines.  No Democrats have filed yet, although a couple have started "exploratory committees".

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