Sunday, July 10, 2011

Review of campaign finance reports.

Updated: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture, Attorney General.

Friday was the deadline this month for submitting campaign finance reports for state and county elections held this year. Here is my review of these reports. I will update several times today and tomorrow as I complete each race. I will review county races later this week as they require trips to the circuit clerk's office in several counties.


Phil Bryant raised $555,238 this month and $1,353,064 for the year. He reports $1,105,260 cash on hand. Noteworthy contributions: Butler Snow attorneys $21,000 (State bond business), William Brown (Brown Bottling) $10,000, White III LLC $5,000, Vince Malavasi (Nell-Schaeffer) $7,650, Universal Health Services PAC $5,000, Tom Wallace (Wallace Construction) $12,500, Tavistock Financial Center $5,000, Stribling Equipment $5,000, Sam Haskell $35,000, Robert A. Mandall, Jr. $25,000, Rick Calhoun (Pruett Oil) $5,000, Pointe at Bay Cove LLC $5,000, Paige Carter (Housewife) $30,000, Numedrx Pharmacy Solutions $10,000, NRA Political Victory Fund $3,500, Mississippi Coalition for Progress $15,061, Mississippi Independent RX PAC $7,500, Mississippi Chiroquackters PAC $5,000, Dr. Lynn McMahan $5,000, Jackie Grimes $5,000, James Hoskins $6,000, John Burns $10,000, John Jennings $25,000, Johnny Morgan (M&W Insurance) $19,000, Kelly Hardwick $10,000, Kenneth Lobell $10,000, Larry Johnson $10,250, David Rimes $5,000, Dr. Dalton Barham $10,500, Edward C. Maloney $15,000, Gary Harkins $9,000, Health Management Assoc. PAC $10,000.

Now for the disbursments: Alpha Golf Aviation (Josh Gregory) $20,900, Frontier Strategies (Josh Gregory & Quentin Dickerson) $258,835, Gary Harkins $9,000, Maggie Clark Media Services $586,039 (YTD: $1,155,665), Politicap $170,892. Report

Dave Dennis: Raised $228,468 this period and $788,319 year to date. He reports $508,282 cash on hand. Dave Dennis repaid a $250,000 loan on June 1 and reissued it on June 30. Significant contributions: Ernest Gibson $10,000, Jimmy Alexander $11,000, John Logan $5,000, John Palmer $10,000, Johnny Morgan $5,250, Pat Fore $5,000, Sean Anthony $5,000, Thomas Jordan $5,000, Thomas Dulaney $10,000, Wade Creekmore $7,500, William Gilbert $5,000.

Disbursements: Baxter Kruger (consulting) $9,564, Capstone Public Affairs $46,549, Clickrain (Web consulting) $29,508, Jeppie Barbour $38,698, Public opinion strategist (polling) $34,800. Report

Bill Luckett raised $98,039 this period and $721,256 YTD. He reports $441,827 cash on hand. Significant contributions: Mike Lewis $5,000, Pauline Lewis $5,000, Francine Lucket $3,000 (YTD: 153,000, Mr. Luckett's wife), Oliver Luckett $2,000 (YTD $27,000). Disbursements: Another $34,000 to Precious Martin (YTD $86,000. Hello walking around money). Report

Johnny Dupree: file damaged and can not be retrieved.

Hudson Holliday raised $2,650 this period and $552,425 for the year, including a $500,000 loan/gift from himself to his campaign. He reports cash on hand of $482,784 and spent $36,605 this period. Report

Ron Williams raised no money this period. He spent $221,842 this period and $597,337 for the year. He spent $48,195 at Telesouth Communictions and $10,000 at Mississippi Radio Group. Report

Phil Bryant is in the fund-raising lead with plenty to spare. What is interesting is Dave Dennis has raised roughly half a million dollars apart from his own donations. However, the consultants around him have managed to do quite well for themselves although nothing on the scale of Josh, Quentin, and Maggie, who had done quite well riding the Bryant gravy train. Mr. Bryant is obviously the favorite to take the nomination and the fund-raising numbers show it.


State Senator Lee Yancey raised $43,050 this period and $155,220 for the year. He reports cash on hand of $98,646 and spent $26,921 this period. Significant contributions: Billy Mounger $5,000. Report

State Personnel Board Director Lynn Fitch raised $23,434 this period and $186,715 this year ($100,000 is a gift/loan from herself.). She reports cash on hand of $201,318. Significant contributions: Baker Donelson $5,000 (Handles a great deal of government bond business).

Attorney Lucien Smith raised $68,096 this period and $293,846 this year. He reports cash on hand of $464,398. Significant contributions came from Bill Reeves $5,000 (Balch & Bingham), Randy James $5,000, Brad Reeves $5,000 (Balch & Bingham), Renasant employees and PAC $2,800.

Commissioner of Agriculture

Representative Cindy Hyde-Smith raised $108,440 this period and $167,730 this year. She reports $136,414 cash on hand. Significant contributions are Havard Pest Control $3,500, Cortez Byrd $5,000, T.L. Wallace $2,000, Umesh Sanjanwala $8,000 (Miss. Dept. of Ag. Director), Monsanto Citizenship Fund $2,000, Joe Sanderson (Sanderson Farms) $2,500, Cindy Hyde-Smith $40,000. Report

Max Phillips raised $18,640 this period and $159,941 this year. He reports cash on hand of $227,428. Significant contributions are Billy Mounger $1,000.

Danny Reed raised $400 for the period and $7,600 this year. He reports $7,113 cash on hand.

Lieutenant Governor

Senator Billy Hewes raised $356,452 this period and $1,025,427 for the year. He reports $567,289 cash on hand. Significant contributions are Roy Anderson III $7,000, AT&T Mississippi PAC $5,000, Tommy Dulaney $10,000, Mark Garriga $6,000, Billy Hewes Jr. $7,300, Sarah Hewes $2,000, Billy Hewes loan to campaign $100,000, Warren Hood, Jr. $7,000, Charles Irby $2,500, Hensley Lee $5,000, MADA Autopac $5,000, MAE-PAC $7,500, Joe McGee $4,000, Mississippi Malt Beverage Assn. PAC $3,500, Billy Mounger $25,000, Omega-TEC $5,000, Southeastern Timber Products $5,000, Leland Speed $2,000, Thomas Wallace $11,000.

Significant disbursements: Alpha Golf Aviation (Josh Gregory) $4,044, Maggie Clark Media $951,596, Politicap $54,600. Report

Treasurer Tate Reeves raised $227,725 this period and $1,116,466 this year. He reports $1,447,099 cash on hand. Significant contributions are Dr. Scott Runnels $6,250, MS Engineering Group (Waggoner & Furr) $1,000, Theo Costs (Southern Beverage) $2,500, Electric Power Assn of Miss PAC $5,000, Kenneth Hill $4,000,
Barry Eskridge $5,000, Comcast PAC $5,000, Optometry for Progress $10,000, Amy Whitten $5,000, Bruce Martin $5,500, AT&T PAC $5,000, Holly Lange $250, Mississippi Malt Beverage PAC $3,500, John McGowan $1,000, David Russell $500, Guy White $5,000, Capital Advocacy Group (Beth Clay-Budweiser) $5,000. Report

Attorney General

Incumbent Jim Hood raised $28,999 this period and $285,977 for the year. He reports $483,770 cash on hand. Significant contributions: Amy Whitten $2,500, Maher Law Firm $5,000, United Assn. of Journeymen and Apprentices $5,000. Report

Former Commissioner of Public Safety Steve Simpson raised $17,569 this period and $277,944 this year. He reports $195,498 cash on hand. Significant contributions are Edward Markie $4,500. Report


Anonymous said...

Why is Sam Haskell giving Bryant so much money? Don't understand that one.

Anonymous said...

He knows TALENT

Anonymous said...

Sam wants to run for office and is "endearing" himself to the "grand pooba" (it's how he operates)

Anonymous said...

And Phil is committed to taking the coast's BP tourism payments to salvage Haskell's Miss America pagent! When asked in Rankin County last month about the $10k donation and his promotion of Haskell's pagent, PB said it wasn't $10k, it was $15k that it took to buy him.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the Haskell donation is all about bringing the Miss America pageant to Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

Why has Luckett paid Precious Tyrone Martin, Sr. $86,000.00?

Anonymous said...

Might want to take a look at the "conduit" that binds Bryant and Haskell together - just saying.

Anonymous said...

You should look into Hinds County Constable Candidate JJ Hulsman. He is completely incorrect filing of finance reports. No one checks these on the county level. Where is he getting his money and what is he spending it on?

Anonymous said...

More reason to support my idea of pulling names from a hat. This is disgusting.

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