CD1 watch: Kirkpatrick has cash, Kiehne has cowboys

2014-04-16T12:00:00Z 2014-09-15T10:34:56Z CD1 watch: Kirkpatrick has cash, Kiehne has cowboysBecky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

In Congressional District 1, incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick was winning the money race in the first quarter.

Her campaign had about $1 million on hand at the end of the first quarter, according to her campaign finance report. She doesn’t have a primary-election challenger.

She raised $321,881, mostly from political action committees and other groups. Prominent individual backers include former Senator Dennis DeConcini and Pam Grissom, co-founder of the Arizona List, a political action committee focused on electing Democratic women who support abortion rights.

Republicans Andy Tobin and Gary Kiehne have raised funds at about the same pace, according to their campaign finance reports.

Tobin raised $132,496; Kiehne raised $166,642. Tobin had $213,246 cash on hand at the end of the first quarter; Kiehne had $274,693.

The difference is Tobin has been gathering big donations from business executives, including White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall, Shamrock Foods executives, Grand Canyon University executives, and auto dealers.

Kiehne’s campaign money comes mainly from himself and from his family members, with other donations from oil executives and ranchers.

On the line where he’s required to report his occupation, Kiehne — who owns hotels and has careers in oil and ranching — listed “team roper,” describing himself as a rodeo cowboy.

Among Kiehne’s listed campaign expenses was a $2,000 “Firearms Safety Course for Fun.”

A campaign finance report for Republican candidate Adam Kwasman was not available by noon Wednesday.

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