WASHINGTON – Four Republicans seeking to represent Arkansas in Congress widened their fundraising advantage over their opponents during the third quarter.
Tom Cotton of Dardanelle has raised nearly $2 million in his first run for Congress – surpassing all other Arkansans in the 2012 cycle, according to his latest Federal Election Commission filing.
Cotton raised $213,237 between July and September to bring his total campaign revenues to $1,963,955. He closed the third quarter with $483,221 after sending a $50,000 check to the National Republican Congressional Committee to help other GOP candidates around the country.
Cotton is running for the 4th District seat now held by Rep. Mike Ross, D-Prescott, who is not running for re-election. The Democratic candidate, Gene Jeffress of Louann, reported raising $28,150 during the third quarter. He closed September with $12,301 cash on hand.
U.S. Reps. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro and Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, also filed third quarter reports Monday with the FEC.
Womack raised another $170,000 to bring his total to $796,334. He closed September with $373,488 cash on hand after contributing $138,000 to the NRCC and more than $30,000 to Republican candidates running for the state legislature.
Womack is not facing a Democratic challenger. Two minor party candidates have not filed FEC reports.
Griffin raised $213,237 during the quarter bringing his election total to $1,473,327. He closed September with $450,813 cash on hand.
Democrat Herb Rule of Little Rock had not yet filed his third quarter FEC report.
Crawford raised $256,420 in the third quarter bringing his campaign total to $1,283,818. He closed September with $602,844 cash on hand after contributing $90,000 to the NRCC and $10,000 to the Romney Victory Fund in Arkansas.
Democrat Scott Ellington of Jonesboro had not yet filed his third quarter FEC report.