Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Senate Districts 20 & 25 CFR review.

Time to review the campaign finance reports for Senate Districts 20 and 25.

Senate District #20

Pelahatchie Mayor Knox Ross raised $29,850 in July and $182,574 YTD. He reports cash on hand of $13,415. Mr. Ross donated $82,326 to his own campaign in 2011. Report. Josh Harkins raised $15,520 in July and $84,918 YTD. He reports cash on hand of $15,486. Tony Bahou, um, reported no money raised at all this year and cash on hand of $447. Steve Gaines raised $8,944 in July and $33,664 YTD. He reports $104 cash on hand. $17,794 of Mr. Gaines' contributions have come from Mr. Gaines himself. This race will be interesting as I think it will go to a runoff between Harkins and Ross.

Senate District #25

Good ole Charles Barbour raised $15,858 in July and $79,149 YTD. He reports cash on hand of $15,868. Significant contributions are Henry Michel $3,750, Henry Barbour $3,000, LeFlore Barbour $1,000, John McGowan $500, and $5,000 from the Creekmores. The campaign paid Clearwater Group (Austin Barbour) $6,000 to manage the campaign.
July 26 report, July 8 report

Will Longwitz raised $28,100 in July and $53,321 YTD. He reports $10,711 cash on hand. Significant donations came from I.P. Bruestler Trust $10,000, William Mounger $2,000, Will Longwitz $3,386. There were no significant expenditures. Report

Mr. Barbour has a clear lead in fund-raising but Mr. Longwitz raised enough money to win this race or at least get a strong message out to the voters. The race is a toss-up going into the final weekend before the primary.







9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Should it really cost $182,000 to run a race for state senate? I don't think so. Knox Ross likes to play the down home guy but these numbers don't lie. I too think it will go to a runoff between Ross and Harkins. After that, it's anybodys guess as to who turns out their voters in a runoff.

Anonymous said...

Longwitz needs to raise less, because he needs less in the way of PR. Madison already knows him, and the NE crowd has already seen Chaz in action. I don't think this one will be as close as you think.

Anonymous said...

The race is a toss-up going into the final weekend before the primary.

Per you?

Anonymous said...

So, you choose who is in a run off based on how much money they raise? Monies that's left in a candidates' account after race is over, belongs to the candidate, right? He/she just pays taxes on it. All this money tells me these guys will owe someone or lots of someones some favors when they get in the Senate. I don't like that. I vote on qualifications, not money.

bill said...

8:31, I doubt that anyone believes they're voting based on which candidate raises the most money, but it takes money to get the information out. Voters react to signs, commercials, billboards, etc., so the voter who bases his choice on the candidate with the most signs or cutest commercial is really basing his choice on who has the money to buy the signs and run the commercials. No one would need campaign contributions if voters would take the time you take to look at each candidate's qualifications for the job, but that's not reality. Bill Billingsley

Anonymous said...

According to the Sec. Of State's website Senator J. Walter Michel is cashing out with well with over 200,000 in his campaign account.

Anonymous said...

2:36,
A) how much of it was HIS money?

B) how long has he been in Legislature?

He has been in several election cycles without an opponent and also ran statewide.

Knox wants this so bad he is willing to bet the farm, no pun intended, to make sure he gets it. SAD.

Anonymous said...

It really is sad that voters don't look at a candidate's qualifications. Instead they vote based on how good-looking someone is, if they have nice hair, if they dress nice, etc. I actually heard someone (who was also running for another office) tell a candidate that he would get beat because another candidate was better looking....how stupid is that?

Anonymous said...

Isn't this special?

Charles Barbour has been telling people that Will Longwitz has cancer and won't live out his Senate term.

And he brags about what a clean campaign he is running. What a joke.

And Longwitz does NOT have cancer...that was a sick tactic, and typical.

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