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Ducey, Smith, DuVal announce big fundraising hauls

Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (left, Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times) and State Treasurer Doug Ducey (photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (left, Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times) and State Treasurer Doug Ducey (photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

The first fundraising period of 2014 was a good one for GOP gubernatorial hopefuls Doug Ducey and Scott Smith, who pulled in about $1 million apiece since the start of January.

And Fred DuVal, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary, raised between $900,000 and $1 million, according to his campaign.

Ducey, the state treasurer, has raised a total of $2 million for his gubernatorial campaign. He raised his first $1 million between September and December of 2013.

“Most importantly, we passed that threshold with a surge of last-minute contributions. We raised more than $200,000 in the last two weeks alone, which reaffirms the momentum we have and the enthusiasm I feel every day on the campaign trail,” Ducey said in an email to supporters.

Smith didn’t enter the race until January, but wasn’t hindered by his late entry. Drew Sexton, a spokesman for the recently resigned Mesa mayor, said Smith raised a little more than $1 million in five months’ time.

“He hasn’t been running for more than a year. He started up in January and in just a few months’ time he got things going,” Sexton said. “Obviously, Mayor Smith has proven he can fundraise with anybody.”

The Ducey and Smith campaigns announced their fundraising totals ahead of schedule. The last fundraising period ran from Jan. 1 to May 31, but the next campaign finance reports aren’t due until June 30.

It was also unclear how much money Ducey and Smith have available for the primary. Under the new contribution limits approved last year by the Legislature, contributors can give up to $4,000 to a candidate, but only half of that may be used for the primary.

Sexton would not say how much money Smith has on hand, but said he has spent “virtually nothing.” DeLaney also wouldn’t comment on how much cash on hand Ducey had.

Ducey has likely spent a good deal more than Smith so far. Ducey has been advertising on television for about a month, and unveiled his second television ad of the campaign cycle along with his fundraising total.

 Unlike his potential Republican opponents, DuVal’s campaign was eager to announce how much cash he has on hand. According to spokesman Geoff Vetter, DuVal has about $1.1 million in his war chest.

“We don’t have a bitter, ugly primary that’s draining our resources and driving up our negatives. We’re stockpiling our money every single day for the general election. And we’re going to have more money for the general election, cash on hand, than any other candidate in this race,” Vetter said.

Other campaigns did not announce their fundraising totals, including Republicans Christine Jones and Frank Riggs.

Anna Haberlein, a spokeswoman for Jones, would not say how much she had raised or how much of her fundraising was self-funding.  Jones’ first campaign finance report showed a mostly self-funded operation, with the former GoDaddy executive contributing about $500,000 of her own money and raising another $91,000 from outside contributors.

Three other Republican candidates – Secretary of State Ken Bennett, state Sen. Al Melvin and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas – are running publicly funded campaigns. So far, Bennett is the only publicly funded gubernatorial candidate to receive his $753,000 in Clean Elections funding. Election officials are verifying Thomas’ $5 qualifying contributions, while Melvin has not yet submitted the contributions he needs to qualify for Clean Elections funding.

 

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