WASHINGTON — Arkansas incumbents began the new year with a cash advantage over would be future challengers in 2014.
The six members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation closed 2012 with campaign surpluses, according to end-of-year reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.
Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., has the largest surplus, a total of $1,734,137 cash on hand. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., had just $100,070 but is not up for re-election until 2016.
Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, closed the year with $407,109 cash on hand.
Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, had $155,982 in his campaign treasury. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, had $118,351 and Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, closed the year with $41,371.
The report filed by the House incumbents includes details on campaign revenues and expenditures for December 2012, which were not covered in earlier filings.
For the most part, the reports show little activity. Womack raised $1,000 from the American Optometric Association. Griffin took in $4,275, with $2,500 of that coming from the Murphy Oil PAC. Crawford raised just $575 and Cotton took in $9,720.
Cotton’s campaign spent $113,403 during the final month with $50,000 paid to Doug Coutts for operational and management consulting. Coutts had served as his campaign manager and was recently hired as his chief of staff.