Carmona sees fundraising gains; Flake most in bank

Campaign reports show Cardon relying mostly on own funds
2012-07-17T00:00:00Z 2012-07-17T14:05:19Z Carmona sees fundraising gains; Flake most in bankBrady McCombs Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 17, 2012 12:00 am  • 

*Note: Story has been updated to reflect corrected figures for Democrat CD1 candidate Ann Kirkpatrick and for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Flake.

 

Democrat Richard Carmona brought in more money this quarter than his opponents in the U.S. Senate race, but his campaign war chest still falls short of Republican Jeff Flake's.

Republican Wil Cardon, meanwhile, raised far less in contributions than those two, but poured another $3.2 million of his own money into the campaign. So far, the wealthy Mesa businessman has loaned himself $7.6 million.

Carmona, a former U.S. surgeon general who is unopposed in the primary, raised $1.1 million from April 1 to June 30. He spent $648,000, leaving him $1.57 million cash on hand, the report filed with the Federal Election Commission shows.

Flake, a six-term congressman, raised $908,000 in that span. He spent $1.2 million, giving him $2.7 million cash on hand, his report shows. Flake has been fundraising longer than Carmona, having launched his campaign in January 2011. Carmona entered the race in November 2011.

Carmona's campaign characterized the second-quarter fund-raising as a sign that momentum is shifting his way and proof that Carmona is a "unique candidate with broad appeal to Arizonans of all political stripes," said his spokesman, Andy Barr.

But Flake said Monday he isn't worried, pointing out that Carmona's focus on fundraising comes with a disadvantage.

"The problem is when you are fundraising that much, you are likely not out in the community," Flake said. "That's a double-edged sword."

Flake remains confident in his chances in the general election against Carmona, saying he'll have plenty of money and the backing of a Republican-leaning electorate.

Flake's primary opponent, Cardon, did not have a good fundraising quarter. He brought in just $95,000 in the quarter, his worst yet. His campaign remains afloat, thanks to the $7.6 million he's loaned himself. He spent $3.1 million in the recent quarter, leaving him nearly $2.4 million cash on hand.

Cardon spokeswoman Alyssa Pivirotto downplayed the slow fundraising.

"Our campaign continues to have the financial resources we need to take our message to voters," she said in an emailed statement. "While the news media seems to love to 'follow the money,' that's not our campaign's focus, unlike our opponents, who have filled their coffers with special-interest contributions."

In the Congressional District 2 race, Democrat Ron Barber raised more money than his three challengers in a truncated period that covered from two weeks before the June 12 CD8 special election through the end of June.

Barber brought in $332,700 in that period, compared with $246,400 by Republican Martha McSally and $33,700 by Democrat Matt Heinz. McSally's and Heinz's reports reflect fundraising from April through June, though both only recently ratcheted up their efforts after Barber beat Republican Jesse Kelly in the CD8 special election. Mark Koskiniemi, who is challenging McSally for the Republican nomination, was not required to file a report because he raised less than $5,000.

In the CD3 race, Democratic incumbent Raúl Grijalva once again comfortably outraised his four opponents and has more than nine times the money in his coffers than his challengers. Grijalva has $162,600 in his campaign coffers, compared with $17,600 for Republican Gabriela Saucedo Mercer.

In CD1, Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick brought in more money than Republican Jonathan Paton and she has more than double the cash on hand than he does. Kirkpatrick raised nearly $357,000 in the second quarter, while Paton raised nearly $325,000. Kirkpatrick has $837,600 cash on hand compared to $343,000 for Paton.

Financial rundown

Highlights of filings from candidates for U.S. Senate and Southern Arizona's three congressional districts. Money raised is for the most recent reporting period, from April 1 to June 30. Expenditures and cash on hand include money raised in earlier reporting periods.

Raised Spent Cash on hand

U.S. Senate

Richard Carmona (D) $1.114 million $648,368 $1.571 million

Wil Cardon (R) $95,768 $3.1 million $2.39 million

Jeff Flake (R) $908,297 $1.247 million $2.760 million

Bryan Hackbarth (R) $3,865 $8,570 $4,104

Clair Van Steenwyk (R) Did not provide report.

CD3

Amanda Aguirre (D) $69,346 $86,489 $14,518

Manny Arreguin (D) $16,125 $34,835 $10,111

Raúl Grijalva (D) $146,919 $128,064 $162,638

Gabriela Saucedo Mercer (R) $23,003 $15,379 $17,654

Jaime Vasquez (R) Has not filed any FEC reports.

CD2

Ron Barber* (D) $332,728 $528,744 $194,526

Matt Heinz (D) $33,755 $68,527 $42,264

Mark Koskiniemi (R) Did not file a report with the FEC because he raised less than $5,000

Martha McSally (R) $246,402 $160,494 $134,571 CD1

Wenona Benally Baldenegro (D) $18,329 $16,762 $7,998

Ann Kirkpatrick (D) $356,951 $175,692 $837,660

Patrick Gatti (R) Did not file a report with the FEC.

Gaither Martin (R) $44,025 $14,999 $86,025

Jonathan Paton (R) $324,833 $137,627 $343,101

Douglas Wade (R) $10,328 $22,926 $9,191

* Note: Because of Barber's participation in the CD8 special election, this report only covers from May 24 to July 2.

Star reporter Becky Pallack contributed to this story. Contact reporter Brady McCombs at 573-4213 or bmccombs@azstarnet.com

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