WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom Cotton raised nearly $2.15 million during the second quarter of the year, outpacing Sen. Mark Pryor, who raised nearly $1.48 million over the same period.
Despite the strong quarter, Cotton ended June trailing Pryor in cash-on-hand as the two head into the final three months of a campaign that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate next year. Cotton’s campaign ended June with $2.76 million in the bank, while Pryor’s campaign closed June with $4.08 million.
Cotton, a Republican from Dardanelle serving his first term in the U.S. House, is challenging Pryor, a Democrat seeking a third term in the U.S. Senate. The campaign is drawing national attention, including a massive influx of independent advertising from conservative and liberal groups.
The campaigns were required to file quarterly financial reports this week with the Senate Clerk. The full reports have yet to be made public but the Arkansas campaigns have released summary sheets that include revenues and expenditures for May and June. They had previously filed a pre-primary report covering April.
The reports show the Pryor campaign with net contributions for the three months of $1,476,951 and net operating costs of $1,836,039***. Cotton’s reports show net contributions of $2,146,191 and net operating costs of $2,241,621.
Both candidates highlighted their fundraising strengths and campaign message in press statements released before the summary pages were made available.
“Our continued fundraising strength will allow us to highlight Sen. Pryor’s lockstep support for President Obama’s agenda, including his votes for Obamacare, bailouts and other job-killing policies,” said Cotton spokesman David Ray, who noted the campaign outraised Pryor by more than $700,000.
“As we head toward the home stretch with the wind at our back, this campaign continues to be about which candidate voters can trust to put Arkansas first. The choice is clear: Mark has consistently delivered for Arkansas families while Congressman Cotton has cozied up to the out-of-state billionaires that, frankly, look down on Arkansans,” said Pryor spokesman Erik Dorey.
Pryor’s campaign has reported raising $8,575,810 this election cycle. Cotton has reported raising $6,646,085.
Candidates running for the House of Representatives who raise more than $5,000 in total are required to file quarterly financial reports electronically with the Federal Election Commission. The second quarter reporters were due Tuesday.
The reports detail campaign revenues and expenditures for May and June. A pre-primary report filed earlier details April fundraising and spending.
A review of Arkansas reports filed with the FEC found:
Little Rock banker French Hill spent $653,711 during the three-month period as he easily won a May Republican primary over two challengers seeking to fill the seat now held by Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock.
Hill won the GOP primary with 55.1 percent of the vote. State Rep. Ann Clemmer of Benton received 22.8 percent and Retired Army Col. Conrad Reynolds of Conway won 22.1 percent of the vote.
Hill raised $407,264 during the second quarter and closed June with $467,987 cash on hand.
Former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays, a Democrat running for Griffin’s seat, did not face a primary challenge. His campaign raised $294,348 over the three-month period and closed June with $620,797 cash on hand.
Former Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, spent $157,474 during the second quarter as he won a May primary challenge for the seat now held by Cotton. He defeated Tommy Moll, a Hot Springs Republican, 54.3 to 45.7 percent.
Westerman raised $197,063 during the second quarter and closed June with $179,274.
James Lee Witt, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is the Democrat seeking Cotton’s seat. He did not face a May primary and closed June with $395,738 cash on hand. Witt raised $312,894 during the second quarter.
Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, who has no Democratic opponent this fall, closed June with $695,384 in the bank. His campaign raised $137,453 during the second quarter and contributed $100,500 to other Republican candidates.
Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, raised $123,450 during the quarter and ended June with $429,465 cash on hand.
Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson, a Democrat challenging Crawford in the 1st District, raised $47,615 during the quarter. His campaign ended June with $107,497 cash on hand.
***This article has been corrected from its original version because it included an incorrect figure.