Hutchinson’s quarterly fundraising nears $380,000


LITTLE ROCK — Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson raised nearly $380,000 for his campaign during the second quarter of this year, according to campaign reports released by his office Tuesday.

Monday was the official deadline for all state candidates in the 2014 general election to file second-quarter campaign expense reports.

Hutchinson’s campaign spokeswoman Misty Murphy said Tuesday that the candidate’s finance report was faxed to the secretary of state’s office late Monday and sent by mail.

According to the report, Hutchinson, a former U.S. congressman and deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, raised $378,795 between April 1 and the end of June. He spent $73,257 during the same period, leaving him with $649,168 on hand at the beginning of July.

Hutchinson’s two opponents in the Republican primary, Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman and state Rep. Debra Hobbs, R-Rogers, filed their reports Monday. Coleman reported raising $101,714 and Hobbs $154,885 during the quarter. Hobbs’ total included $9,621 over from her state House campaign.

The two announced candidates in the Democratic Primary for governor also filed their campaign reports Monday.

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross reported raising $2 million since he announced his candidacy in April. He spent about $269,885 during the same period leaving him with $1.7 million in his campaign coffers at the end of June.

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter of North Little Rock reported raising $92,900 and spending $91,896 during the period. His campaign had $837,046 in cash on hand at the end June.