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September 21, 2014

Lankford Led Shannon in Oklahoma Senate Pre-Primary Fundraising

Lankford Led Shannon in Oklahoma Senate Pre Primary Fundraising

Lankford is running in the June 24 Senate primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. James Lankford headed into the final three weeks of the Oklahoma Republican Senate primary with more than double the cash on hand of his top opponent, state Speaker T.W. Shannon.

Shannon and Lankford are locked in a tight battle to succeed Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, who is resigning at the end of this Congress. The winner of the June 24 primary — or Aug. 26 runoff — will be heavily favored in the November special election to serve out the remaining two years of Coburn’s term.

According to pre-primary reports filed last week with the Federal Election Commission, Lankford had $732,000 in cash on hand as of June 4, while Shannon had $330,000.

The two candidates’ fundraising totals in the pre-primary period, which covers April 1 through June 4, were closer. Lankford  raised $847,000 and Shannon brought in $626,000. Lankford also outspent Shannon over that two-month period, spending $1.1 million to Shannon’s $798,000.

Lankford was the beneficiary of contributions from several congressional colleagues. Reps. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind.; Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb.; Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio; and Reid Ribble, R-Wis., plus retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., all donated to Lankford through their campaign committees or leadership PACs.

The only member of Congress to give money to Shannon was Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who contributed through his Jobs, Growth and Freedom Fund leadership PAC. Cruz has publicly endorsed Shannon and campaigned for him in the state.

Shannon, an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, also received donations from a number of American Indian tribes around the country.

The race is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    THERE ARE STILL MORE THAN THREE MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES WITHOUT AN EXTENSION OF BENEFITS SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER. THE REPUBLICAN SENATE HAS HELD THE EXTENSION BILL HOSTAGE IN THE SENATE FOR MORE THAN FIVE MONTHS NOW. MEANWHILE THESE FAMILIES HAVE FALLEN INTO FINANCIAL RUIN AND COLLAPSE. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TURNED THEIR BACKS ON THESE AMERICANS. THESE PEOPLE ARE DESPERATELY IN NEED OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. OUR GOVERNMENT HAS JUST GIVEN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE UKRAINE, AND WILL BE SPENDING BILLIONS MORE TO DEFEND EUROPE. WHY CAN’T THEY HELP AMERICANS HERE AT HOME TOO? THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ARE NO LONGER THE PARTY FOR FAMILY VALUES WHICH THEY ONCE CLAIMED.

    • Rick Boyd

      Your Caps Lock key is stuck, Dude!

    • Nobama

      Enough of this SPAM!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jake

      First, Yonatan or whoever you are… The Republicans don’t control the Senate, it is the Democrat Senate. Republicans control the House.

      Second, if Obama cared as much about the economy as he does helping smuggle illegals from central America, then we would have a job program that works and these 3 million families wouldn’t need unemployment benefits.

      Third, under the president’s watch we now have 92 million adults without work! The highest in our nation’s history. Quit whining about the Republicans and put together a jobs plan that empowers private business to grow and hire more people instead of regulating them to bankruptcy.

      Got it?

  • Pale Ryder

    Equality before the law is in eternal conflict with the notions of subjective wealth redistribution and centralized control of collectivism.

  • Rufus Peebody

    Given the incalculable amount of knowledge in our civilization, the amount of knowledge that a single mind can understand and use is just a tiny fraction of the total knowledge we make use of every day.

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