WASHINGTON — Little Rock businessman French Hill appears to have a substantial cash advantage in the campaign to determine which Republican will run for Congress from Arkansas’s 2nd District.
Hill’s campaign had $534,000 cash on hand at the end of 2013 while state Rep. Ann Clemmer’s campaign ended the year with $100,134.25 and retired Col. Conrad Reynolds of Conway had $7,222.69 in his campaign.
Candidates had until the end of the day to submit year-end financial reports – detailing campaign receipts and expenditures – with the Federal Election Commission.
Clemmer’s report showed net contributions of $103,356.17 during the fourth quarter of 2103, including $28,000 of her own money. Reynolds had raised $7,695.86 during the quarter. Hill’s report had yet to be filed but his campaign announced last week raising $568,000 during the fourth quarter.
Former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays, a Democrat, had raised 229,497 by the end of the year and reported just over 210,000 cash on hand.
Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, currently represents the 2nd District but he is not running for re-election in 2014. Arkansas’s 4th District is also open as Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, is running instead for U.S. Senate.
Tommy Moll, a Fort Smith native who now lives in Hot Springs, ended 2013 with a cash advantage over Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman in their battle for the Republican nomination in the 4th District.
At the close of 2013, Moll had $358,292.38 and Westerman had $154,992.49 cash on hand, according to FEC filings.
James Lee Witt, who served as FEMA director under President Bill Clinton, is the only Democrat officially in the 4th District race who has filed campaign finance reports. His campaign reported having $166,394 cash on hand at the close of 2013. His campaign had net contributions of $243,946.17 including $21,700 of his own money.
No Democrats have announced plans to run against either Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, in the 1st District or Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, in the 3rd District.
Crawford’s campaign reported $33,626.34 cash on hand at the close of 2013. Womack’s campaign closed the year with $699,6896.01, according to FEC filings.
Womack is being challenged by Thomas Brewer for the Republican nomination. Brewer reported $1,070.46 cash on hand at the end of 2013.