OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest campaign filing reports show Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has nearly $1 million in her campaign war chest as she eyes a re-election bid in 2014, even though no formal challengers have emerged.
In a campaign finance report filed late Wednesday, Fallin reported raising $432,000 during the three-month period from April 1 to June 30, with about $970,000 in cash on hand at the end of the quarter. The quarterly campaign finance reports for all candidates for state offices were due by midnight.
No Republican or Democratic challengers have emerged to take on Fallin in 2014.
“There is not a candidate now, but we know there could be,” said Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz. “We’re out there raising money, setting up a strong grassroots organization and making sure we’re doing everything we need to online and in the digital space to make sure we run a strong campaign.”
Among the more spirited statewide races on the ballot are challenges from both sides for the post held by State Superintendent Janet Barresi, whose first term got off to a rocky start with clashes with the state school board.
Barresi reported raising $1,100 and loaning her campaign $100,000 during the last quarter. Republican challenger Joy Hofmeister of Tulsa, a former state school board member appointed to the post by Fallin, reported raising $146,000 during the quarter, even though she didn’t file formal campaign papers until May.
On the Democratic side, a school superintendent from southeastern Oklahoma, Donna Anderson, reported raising nearly $10,000 during the quarter, including a $1,000 personal loan. Anderson, of Kingston, reported having about $6,500 in cash on hand at the end of the period.
Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins said other Democrats have announced plans to run, but none had filed quarterly campaign finance reports by the midnight deadline.
Candidates who have spent or received more than $500 are required to register a campaign committee with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. After that, those committees must file either quarterly campaign finance reports or statements of inactivity or face fines of up to $100 per day up to a maximum of $1,000, said Lee Slater, the new executive director of the Ethics Commission.
Republican Insurance Commissioner John Doak showed the heftiest campaign war chest after the governor, with more than $264,000 in cash on hand at the end of the quarter, during which he raised nearly $25,000.
Campaign filings show Republican Labor Commissioner Mark Costello has drawn a Democratic opponent in Michael Workman of Tulsa, who reported raising $1,000 in the quarter. Costello has not created a 2014 campaign committee and filed a statement of inactivity indicating no campaign fundraising or expenditures during the quarter.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt also has not created a 2014 campaign committee.
Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller reported raising about $10,000 during the quarter, with nearly $66,000 in cash on hand.
State Auditor Gary Jones reported raising about $4,500 in the quarter, with about $6,300 remaining.
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb reported raising $31,000 in the quarter — nearly all from six maximum $5,000 donors — to bring his total receipts to more than $50,000. He finished the quarter with about $47,000 in funds remaining.
His Democratic challenger, Oklahoma City restaurateur Cathy Cummings, reported raising $260 in the quarter, with $460 remaining.