Tulsa businessman Kevin Hern continues to lead fundraising efforts in the 1st District congressional race to succeed Republican Jim Bridenstine, according to year-end reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.
All 1st District candidates to this point are Republicans.
Hern, who previously put $500,000 of his own money into his campaign, took in more than $90,000 during the fourth quarter of 2017 from a donor list that included several familiar names, and has about $376,000 on hand.
That’s about five times more than his closest financial competitor, former military intelligence officer Andy Coleman.
Coleman raised $47,000 during the quarter.
The other three candidates — Tim Harris, Nathan Dahm and Danny Stockstill — attracted lesser amounts for a campaign that could be decided in the June primary or an August runoff.
Hern’s donors of note include Oklahoma City businessman Bob Funk, Tulsa industrialist Sanjay Meshri, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, Tulsa real estate developer Joe Robson, the Quapaw Tribe, Tulsans Henry and Jane Primeaux, energy executive and philanthropist Stacy Schusterman, AAON executive Norman Asbjornson, Edmond-based long-term care provider Diakonos Group, Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy’s DecPAC and restaurant group Bloomin’ Brands, whose franchises include Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s.
Coleman’s donors were lesser known for the most part, but included former Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys and Tulsa attorney Tom Atkinson, who challenged Bridenstine in 2016.
Second District Congressman Markwayne Mullin reported the best total for Oklahoma’s incumbent representatives — $211,825.
Senate year-end reports were not available Thursday.FacebookTwitterGoogle +