Pryor nears $4 million in cash for 2014 campaign


WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., has amassed nearly $4 million for his re-election campaign which is expected to be among the most hard fought in the nation.

Pryor appears to hold nearly a four-to-one cash advantage over his most likely challenger. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, has about $1.04 million cash on hand at the end of the second quarter.

Cotton raised $611,000 during the three-month period while Pryor raised more than $1.2 million, their respective campaigns announced Monday.

“We had a very strong quarter and surpassed our fundraising goals,” said Jeff Weaver, campaign manager for Pryor.

John Burris, political director for Cotton for Congress, said a press release announcing the second-quarter fundraising would be forthcoming. He did, however, provide the fundraising totals for the three-month period.

Second quarter reports for House campaigns are due to be filed electronically today with the Federal Election Commission. Senate campaign reports are typically filed first, by paper, to the Senate Clerk’s office.

Cotton has not announced a candidacy for the Senate but is being urged by some state and national Republicans to challenge Pryor in 2014.

Appearing earlier today on the Alice Stewart Show, Cotton said that he has been too busy to have “a chance to think about it.”

The three other House members already filed their second quarter reports with the FEC.

Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, reported raising $272,600 from April through June, and closed the second quarter with $447,334 cash on hand. He also had $34,666 in debts.

Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, reported raising $123,427 and had $578,971 cash on hand.

And, Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, reported raising $99,186 and had $168,932 cash on hand.