Quarterly campaign finance reports will be coming in today. Again: More money is better but is no guarantee of future performance.
* U.S. SENATE: Politico reports that incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor raised $1.042 million in the third quarter, for $4.1 million for the year. He has $4.4 million cash on hand. Rep. Tom Cotton’s report isn’t available yet. Pryor’s campaign notes that his money is on a par with that raised by three severely challenged but successful Senate Democrats in 2012 — Jon Tester, Sherrod Brown and Claire McCaskill. The Pryor campaign made sure the go-to D.C. political news outlet had it first, with a targeted statement that was a tad given who got fed the news first:
“Folks here know Mark as someone who always puts Arkansas first,” Pryor campaign manager Jeff Weaver said in a statement, “and voters next year will have a clear choice between Congressman Cotton’s narrow, reckless agenda and Mark’s record as a responsible and reliable voice for Arkansas families.”
UPDATE: Cotton favored the National Journal with his numbers. He raised $1.0657 million in the quarter, for $2.2 million for the year, and has $1.8 million on hand. The Arkansas GOP trumpeted Cotton’s outraising Pryor, if only by $23,000 or so. (UPDATE II: Since it’s over bragging rights, the full figure of net contributions, less refunds, was $1.035 million for Pryor and $1.0657 for Cotton, or a difference around $3,000.)
I should add that the candidates’ campaigns will pale before this is over to outside expenditures from party, super PAC and shady individual spending.
* GOVERNOR: Democrat Mike Ross’ report is expected within the hour. No word yet on Asa Hutchinson’s. He’s the leading of three Republican candidates. Republican Debra Hobbs raised more than $4,000 and has $46,000 on hand (including a $50,000 loan). No report in yet for Curtis Coleman.
UPDATE: Mike Ross reports raising $1.12 million in the quarter (more than either Senate candidate raised), putting him over $3 million since he announced in April. They claim it’s a record 2nd quarter for gubernatorial campaigns, if anybody is keeping score. He has $2.4 million on hand. The campaign commented:
“We have recently moved into a statistical dead heat with our likely Republican opponent, and I am humbled by the continued support from all across Arkansas that has given us another record-breaking fundraising quarter,” said Ross. “Arkansans are tired of the politics that divide us, and they want commonsense, bipartisan leadership. As governor, I will unite this state to improve education, create more good-paying jobs and cut taxes for working families – all in a fiscally responsible way that continues to balance the state’s budget.”
UPDATE II: Asa Hutchinson finally reported at 4:20 p.m. He raised $390,000 in the quarter and has $1 million on hand. He emphasized his lead in recent polls and said he’d met his fund-raising goal of having $1` million in the bank. he also mentioned that he opposes Obamacare. He neglected to say if he’d repeal the private option as governor. Noted: Hutchinson had to loan his campaign $62,000 to hit that $1 million goal.
* LT. GOVERNOR: Interested in Democrat John Burkhalter’s report. It will be big. Will it be more than Asa’s money for the quarter? Republicans Charlie Collins and Andy Mayberry? Collins report says he’s loaned his campaign $46,000 and raised another $6,400. Mayberry doesn’t have a report on file yet, but a report on carryover money from a past state representative campaign showed he transferred $2,000 from it to his lieutenant governor race. This reminds me of another corrupt practice that should be outlawed — allowing incumbent legislators to keep money that they can apply to a future campaign.
UPDATE: It is indeed a whopper. He raised $530,000 in the quarter — and loaned an additional $25,000 to his campaign on top of $30,000 he loaned earlier. He has $456,000 on hand.“I am gratified from the outpouring of support I”ve received from every corner of Arkansas,” Burkhalter said in a prepared statement.
* CONGRESS: Incumbents Steve Womack, Rick Crawford and Tim Griffin will be filing. None has an opponent yet. UPDATE: Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman, running in the 4th District for Cotton’s seat, said he’d raised $110,000. Tommy Moll, the cipher of a candidate who slipped home from off a la Tom Cotton to bestow his wondrous presence on the 4th District, reported $281,000 raised and $266,000 on hand. If Democrat James Lee Witt gets in, he should raise a lot fast.
* ALSO NOTED: Susan Inman, the former Pulaski elections coordinator, reported contributions of more than $12,000 in her Democratic race for secretary of state. Incumbent Republican Mark Martin has yet to file a campaign report this cycle. Maybe he’s been in Azerbaijan. Nate Steel of Nashville, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, reported $220,000 in contributions, including a $100,000 personal loan. Leslie Rutledge, the Republican a.g. candidate, boasted of $100,000 raised.