Gov­er­nor

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

first fundraiser in ad­vance of this year’s reg­u­lar leg­isla­tive ses­sion — re­ported rais­ing $399,337 in con­tri­bu­tions and spend­ing $37,782.95 for the pri­mary in the last quar­ter from April 1 to June 30. That in­creased his to­tal con­tri­bu­tions to $1.003 mil­lion and to­tal ex­penses to $113,497.60 for the pri­mary, leav­ing $889,639.40 in the bank as of June 30.

For the gen­eral elec­tion, the Repub­li­can gov­er­nor re­ported rais­ing $127,650 in con­tri­bu­tions and spend­ing noth­ing dur­ing the last quar­ter. That in­creased his to­tal con­tri­bu­tions to $295,550, leav­ing $295,550 in the bank as of June 30 for the gen­eral elec­tion.

“We wanted to have a mil­lion in the bank by the end of this re­port and we met that,”said Jon Gil­more, Hutchin­son’s po­lit­i­cal strate­gist. “It shows a strong level of sup­port for the cam­paign.”

Con­trib­u­tors on Hutchin­son’s lat­est cam­paign fi­nance re­ports in­clude Stephens Group Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer W.R. Stephens of Lit­tle Rock, for­mer Mis­sis­sippi Gov. and Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Ha­ley Har­bour, Arkansas State Univer­sity Sys­tem Pres­i­dent Chuck Welch of Lit­tle Rock, Witt Global Part­ners part­ner Hal Hunnicutt of Con­way, and Repub­li­can Sec­re­tary of State Mark Martin of Prairie Grove.

In 2014 gen­eral elec­tion, Hutchin­son de­feated for­mer Demo­cratic U.S. Rep. Mike Ross of Lit­tle Rock, Lib­er­tar­ian can­di­date Frank Gil­bert of Tull, and Green Party can­di­date Joshua Drake of Hot Springs to suc­ceed Demo­cratic Gov. Mike Beebe. Hutchin­son pre­vi­ously beat busi­ness­man Cur­tis Cole­man of Lit­tle Rock in the Repub­li­can pri­mary. He is a for­mer fed­eral home­land se­cu­rity un­der­sec­re­tary, Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion di­rec­tor, 3rd district con­gress­man and U.S. at­tor­ney.

No Demo­crat has yet sig­naled plans to run for the party’s nom­i­na­tion for gov­er­nor in 2018. Lib­er­tar­ian can­di­date Mark West of Batesville said Mon­day he didn’t file a re­port for last quar­ter be­cause he didn’t raise or spend at least $500 — the thresh­old that re­quires can­di­dates to be­gin fil­ing cam­paign fi­nance re­ports un­der state law.

For the 2018 elec­tion, the fil­ing pe­riod for state and fed­eral of­fices will be Feb. 22-March 1. The pri­mary will be May 22, and the gen­eral elec­tion will be Nov. 6.

LIEU­TENANT GOV­ER­NOR

Lt. Gov. Tim Grif­fin, a Lit­tle Rock Repub­li­can, raised $12,900 in con­tri­bu­tions and spent $4,658.46 last quar­ter for the pri­mary, ac­cord­ing to his lat­est cam­paign fi­nance re­port. That in­creased his to­tal con­tri­bu­tions to $211,050, in­ter­est earn­ings to $15.75, and spend­ing to $41,046.15 for the pri­mary. He re­ported $170,019.60 in his cam­paign’s bank ac­count for the pri­mary as of June 30.

For the gen­eral elec­tion, Grif­fin re­ported rais­ing and spend­ing noth­ing last quar­ter. In to­tal, he re­ported rais­ing $49,500, earn­ing $26.18 in in­ter­est, and spend­ing noth­ing, leav­ing $49,526.18 in his gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign’s bank ac­count on June 30.

AT­TOR­NEY GEN­ERAL

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Les­lie Rut­ledge, a Maumelle Repub­li­can, re­ported $79,900 in con­tri­bu­tions and $3,172.46 in ex­penses for the pri­mary. That in­creased her to­tal con­tri­bu­tions to $225,900, in­ter­est earned to $78.18, and to­tal ex­penses to $11,635.95, leav­ing $214,342.23 in the bank for the pri­mary.

For the gen­eral elec­tion, she re­ported rais­ing $18,900 last quar­ter and in to­tal. She also re­ported spend­ing noth­ing, leav­ing $18,900 in the bank as of June 30.

SEC­RE­TARY OF STATE

State Rep. Trevor Drown, a Dover Repub­li­can, raised $21,652.53 in con­tri­bu­tions, loaned his cam­paign $1,000, and spent $1,011.20 last quar­ter and in to­tal for the pri­mary, ac­cord­ing to his re­port. He re­ported $21,641.33 in his cam­paign’s bank ac­count as of June 30.

Land Com­mis­sioner John Thurston, a Lit­tle Rock Repub­li­can, raised $3,575 in con­tri­bu­tions, loaned his cam­paign $191.79 and spent $1,788.90 last quar­ter for the pri­mary, ac­cord­ing to his cam­paign fi­nance re­port. He has re­ported rais­ing $23,350.82 in to­tal, loan­ing his cam­paign $191.79 and spend­ing $3,651.52. He re­ported $19,891.09 in his pri­mary cam­paign’s bank ac­count June 30.

An­thony Bland, a Lit­tle Rock Demo­crat, didn’t file a re­port be­cause he didn’t raise or spend $500 in the quar­ter, said spokesman Chris Kingsby.

TREA­SURER

State Trea­surer Den­nis Mil­li­gan, a Ben­ton Repub­li­can, re­ported rais­ing $1,400 in con­tri­bu­tions and spend­ing $285.65 in the last quar­ter for the pri­mary. That in­creased the amount he has raised in con­tri­bu­tions to $2,800 and his to­tal ex­penses to $285.65, leav­ing $2,514.35 in his cam­paign’s bank ac­count as of June 30.

He also re­ported rais­ing $5,200 in con­tri­bu­tions last quar­ter and spend­ing that money to re­duce the amount he owes him­self from loans he made to his 2014 cam­paign from $36,299.98 to $31,049.98.

AU­DI­TOR

State Au­di­tor An­drea Lea, a Rus­sel­lville Repub­li­can, raised $5,600 and spent $1,104.10 last quar­ter and in to­tal, ac­cord­ing to her cam­paign fi­nance re­port for the pri­mary. She re­ported $9,994.09 in cash in her cam­paign ac­count as of June 30, af­ter start­ing the quar­ter with $5,498.19 in the bank.

LAND COM­MIS­SIONER

Tommy Land, a He­ber Springs Repub­li­can, re­ported rais­ing $8,135 in con­tri­bu­tions and spend­ing $2,627.31 last quar­ter for the pri­mary. That in­creased the amount that he’s raised to $20,572, his loans to his cam­paign to $2,700, and his to­tal ex­penses to $5,055.08. He re­ported $18,217.92 in the bank as of June 30.

Alex Ray, a Bryant Repub­li­can, re­ported rais­ing $17,550 and spend­ing $3,026.45 last quar­ter and in to­tal for the pri­mary, leav­ing $14,523.55 in the bank as of June 30.

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