Thursday, April 21, 2011

FOLLOWING MONEY IN ARIZONA'S POLITICS: It's Official: Rep. Flake Raises More Than $1 Million In First Six Weeks

(My apologies if you ended up on this post, but were actually looking for the May 18 post on Joe Arpaio's fundraising machine.  Here is that link.)

It is now official:  Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake (R-CD6) raised slightly more than $1 million in the first six weeks of his campaign to replace Sen. Jon Kyl in the U.S. Senate.  That headstart has established him as the frontrunner for the seat and no doubt kept several other politicians from jumping into the race.

His quarterly campaign report shows that the first-out-of-the-box senatorial candidate took in $1,031,172.37, against expenditures of $88,246.08.  As of March 31, 2011, Flake had $1,570,977.90 cash on hand (ended his last House campaign in the black).

Flake announced his candidacy on February 14, so those contributions (except for about $24,000 received in the two weeks before the announcement) came in very quickly.  The conservative group Club For Growth has already claimed credit for bringing in more than 1/3 ($350,000) of Flake's monies.

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