U.S. House campaigns report first-quarter fundraising


WASHINGTON — With a May primary ahead, Little Rock banker French Hill ended March with a sizable campaign bankroll as he seeks to be the Republican candidate for Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional District.

Hill’s campaign raised $300,133 during the first three months of the year and ended March with $714,434 cash on hand, according to 1st quarter report filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission.

Two other Republicans have also filed as candidates for the seat now held by Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock.

State Rep. Ann Clemmer, a Republican from Benton, raised $25,705 during the three-month period and ended March with $106,305 cash on hand. Her campaign also owes $10,483 on a $25,000 loan, according to her FEC report.

Retired Army Col. Conrad Reynolds of Conway raised $26,376 during the first three months of the year. He has also loaned his campaign $65,000. The campaign closed March with $66,123 cash on hand, according to his FEC filing.

Former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays, a Democrat, is not facing a primary challenger. His campaign ended March with $470,607 cash on hand. Hays campaign raised $353,887 during the first three months of the year.

Griffin, who is running for lieutenant governor, filed a quarterly report with the FEC showing his congressional campaign working to close up shop. It reported refunding $133,000 in contributions raised before he announced his decision not to seek a third term in Congress. Griffin’s campaign closed March with $9,117 cash remaining.

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 FEC. The first quarter reporters were due Tuesday.

In Arkansas’s 4th District, two Republican candidates will face off in a May primary. The seat is open as incumbent Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, runs for U.S. Senate this fall.

Tommy Moll, a Republican from Hot Springs, raised $115,716 during the first three months of the year. His campaign ended March with $392,599 cash on hand, according to his FEC filing.

Former Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, closed March with $136,207 cash on hand. His campaign raised $65,125 during the first three months of the year.

James Lee Witt, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is the only Democrat in the 4th District race. His campaign closed March with $316,022 cash on hand, after raising $262,370 during the first quarter.

In Arkansas’s two other Congressional Districts, two incumbents are seeking re-election to third terms.

Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, ended March with $360,524 cash on hand. His campaign for re-election raised $97,455 during the first three months of the year.

Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson, a Democrat, is challenging Crawford in the 1st District. His campaign reported raising $111,645 during the first quarter and ended March with $100,682 cash on hand.

Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, closed March with $694,907 cash on hand. His campaign raised just $52,650 during the first three months of the year. No Democrat is challenging his re-election this fall in the 3rd District.