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Money flowing into state gubernatorial campaigns



The race for Oklahoma governor has heated up, and nowhere is that more visible than in campaign finance reports.

According to the latest figures, U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin and state Attorney Gen. Drew Edmondson are leading their respective parties in fundraising. As of July 12, Edmondson, a Democrat, led all gubernatorial candidates in total amount raised, with $2.578 million. He is followed closely by Fallin, a Republican, who has garnered $2.446 million.

The new second-quarter figures reflect the reporting period of April 1 through July 12.

While Edmondson has raised the most overall, his Democrat rival, Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, had the biggest quarter, with $890,968 raised. However, of that amount, $675,000 was of Askins' own money she loaned to the campaign.

Fallin also had a profitable quarter, raising $748,540. Edmondson came in with $487,111.

Fallin's closest competitor on the GOP side is state Sen. Randy Brogdon from Owasso. His second-quarter  reporting figures show he raised far less than Fallin, garnering $167,547. The total amount his campaign has raised is $391,603.

Fallin received contributions from:
" travel agency owner Bentley Hedges,
" Timothy McVeigh attorney Stephen Jones,
" former Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce executive director Richard Burpee,
" former Oklahoma City University president Tom McDaniel,
" KWTV weatherman Gary England and
" former OSU basketball coach Eddie Sutton.

Edmondson's donors include:
" former Gov. David Walters,
" Sonic Corporation President Cliff Hudson,
" author Billie Letts, and
" Oklahoma Policy Institute director David Blatt.

Askins' contributors include:
" state Agricultural Sec. Terry Peach,
" Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal,
" former state Attorney Gen. Susan Loving,
" former Speaker of the House Loyd Benson,
" Express Personnel CEO Bob Funk,
" Journal Record publisher Mary Melon and
" retired Oklahoma Observer publisher Frosty Troy.
"Scott Cooper
photo top Mary Fallin
photo middle Drew Edmondson Photo/Scott Cooper
photo bottom Jari Askins

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