Campaign finance reports released Thursday show former U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick continuing her fundraising dominance in the race to represent Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.
She raised nearly $95,000 during the period beginning July 1 and ending August 8, compared to $51,000 by her likely Republican opponent in the general election, Jonathan Paton.
But Paton spent $167,000 during the 39-day period, compared to $101,000 by Kirkpatrick.
The latest numbers show Kirkpatrick with more than six times as much cash on hand than Paton heading into the August 28 primary, with her war chest now at $826,000 and his at $128,000.
However, the Washington D.C.-based National Republican Congressional Committee has pledged to spend $900,000 in the CD1 race, beginning in early September.
A spokesman for the committee said that decision is not based on the disparity in cash on hand, but because the district is highly competitive and the NRCC believes a Republican can win it with adequate resources.
Kirkpatrick has gotten help from political action committees as well, having received $316,000 from groups such as Emily’s List, based in Washington D.C., and other groups outside Arizona.
In the race for the GOP primary in the expansive, rural district occupying much of northeastern Arizona, Paton faces fellow Republicans Patrick Gatti and Martin Gaither in the August 28 primary. Neither Gatti nor Gaither’s pre-primary report, which was due Thursday, appears on the Federal Election Commission’s database. But Gatti’s previous reports shows no money raised to date and Gaither’s previous reports show only $44,000 raised to date, plus a $57,000 candidate loan.
Meanwhile, Kirkpatrick will go up against fellow Democrat Wenona Benally Baldenegro in the primary. Her pre-primary campaign finance report also does not appear on the Federal Election Commission’s database. Her previous report showed only $8,000 cash on hand.
Ann Kirkpatrick, Democratic
Period raised: $94,462
Period spent: $101,024
Total raised: $1,418,185
Total spent: $664,594
Cash on hand: $826,098
Jonathan Paton, Republican
Period raised: $51,306
Period spent: $166,894
Total raised: $606,015
Total spent: $490,420
Cash on hand: $127,512