Congressional Candidate Money Notes

Fleischman: $255,000 in Self-Financing
From the AP:
Some Republicans campaigning to be Rep. Zach Wamp’s successor in Tennessee’s 3rd congressional district are relying heavily on their own money so far, 10 months before the primary voting.
Chattanooga attorney Chuck Fleischmann’s campaign reports getting $372,000, including $255,000 loaned by Fleischmann.
Art Rhodes of Cleveland reports his campaign received $111,000 through Sept. 30, including a $75,000 loan out of his own pocket.
Former state GOP chairwoman Robin Smith reports $149,000 raised, all from contributions.
Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble reports receiving a total of $43,000 in contributions.
Democrat Paula Flowers reports contributions totaling $126,000, and Democrat Brent Benedict shows he received $10,000.
Fleischmann said Thursday that he made the loan to his campaign because people want a candidate who has a financial stake in the campaign and is not “just using other people’s money.”
He said he intends to make additional loans to his campaign. He expects campaigns will have to spend between $750,000 to $1 million on the primary race
Fincher Raises $300,000
Republican Stephen Fincher’s campaign says it raised $303,250 in September in its bid to unseat longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. John Tanner, with all but $2,900 raised in donations coming from the pockets of Tennesseans, according to The Jackson Sun.
Tanner will report about $55,000 raised during this past quarter (July-September) but about $1.4 million on hand.
Davis Still Paying Debt
Former U.S. Rep. David Davis is still trying to pay down post-election debt while mulling an attempt to retake Northeast Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District seat in 2010, reports the Kingsport Times News.
According to his October filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Davis personally loaned his campaign account $25,000 and then paid $25,000 to a Lexington, S.C., firm for “various invoices” related to advertising during the 2008 election cycle. Davis’ outstanding debt with creditors stood at nearly $67,000, not including a total of $245,000 in personal loans he has made to his campaign account, according to the FEC filing.
Herenton: Money No Worry
Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton says he doesn’t plan to start fundraising for Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District race until early next year and he’s not concerned about the advantage that might give his opponent.
Herenton told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he filed a document with the Federal Election Commission saying his campaign hasn’t raised any moneys or made a loan in excess of $5,000.
Thursday was the deadline for congressional candidates to submit their campaign fundraising reports.
Herenton’s opponent, fellow Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen, did not immediately return a phone call about his campaign figures.
However, regardless of Cohen’s numbers, Herenton says he’s not worried and plans to start fundraising events in January.

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