|Fincher among lawmakers with big campaign war chests |
|Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:22 pm |
|By BARTHOLOMEW SULLIVAN |
U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher of Frog Jump, the freshman Republican whose 8th District next year will contain much of the Poplar Avenue corridor in Shelby County, has $1.2 million in the bank.
Tomeka R. Hart, the Urban League president challenging incumbent Steve Cohen for the Democratic primary in the 9th Congressional District, raised $13,526 in the first quarter this year and has $20,015 in cash on hand.
Another Cohen challenger, Republican George S. Flinn Jr., loaned his campaign $750,000 during the first three months of this year, raised $11,599 and has $699,092 in the bank.
Cohen himself, seeking a fourth term, raised $147,294 in the January-March period and has $1,046,271 on hand.
The first quarter filings were released Monday by the Federal Election Commission. Another Republican in the 9th District race, Charlotte Bergmann, has not filed a first quarter report, records show. Her spokesman, Brenda Fowler, referred questions to campaign manager Randy Lawson, who did not immediately respond to a voicemail message Monday.
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., whose 7th District will not include parts of Shelby County next year, raised $143,353 through March and has $1.2 million on hand.
Fincher raised $270,693 in the first quarter, including contributions from the International Paper PAC, John Deere PAC, FedEx PAC, Indoor Tanning Association PAC and Koch PAC. His predecessor, 10-term Democrat John S. Tanner, retired with $906,506 in his FEC account.
Cohen received contributions from former Memphis Congressman Harold Ford Sr.; Indira Umarov of Germantown, whose husband had been an Uzbek political prisoner; and the D.C.-based Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, among others. Published in The Messenger 4.17.12