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June Campaign Finance Numbers

July 9, 2011

Campaign finance numbers for the month of June were due last night, and we haven’t seen any major changes from a month ago.

** Phil Bryant raised $555,000 in June and sits on more than $1.1 million in cash. Quinton Dickerson, a spokesman for Bryant, said this about their campaign’s numbers: “With the support of thousands of Mississippians who are financially contributing to Phil Bryant’s campaign for Governor, the campaign is well-positioned heading into the final three and a half weeks of the primary election.” View the report here.

** Dave Dennis raised $228,000 during the same period and has a little more than $508,000 cash on hand. Dennis said this about the numbers: “We’re honored by these contributions from people who are convinced Mississippi’s next governor must have proven, private sector job-creation experience. They are not looking for politics as usual that thinks the answer to our state’s challenges is more government spending. I share that perspective and am thankful to all our donors.” And his campaign manager, Brian Perry, added this: “People have a strong desire to give to this campaign. Even at non-fundraising meet and greets we’ll walk out with several contributions because the Dave Dennis message resonates with Republican voters who want strong private sector leadership as our state’s next CEO.” View the report here.

** Tate Reeves raised a little less than $228,000 in June and his campaign now has more than $1.4 million in cash. Reeves said this in a email yesterday: “Our campaign is built on a strong grassroots effort with volunteers and contributors from all 82 counties. Our continued fundraising success is proof positive that our message focused on being more fiscally responsible, lowering the state’s debt burden and cutting spending is resonating with voters all across Mississippi.” View the report here.

** Billy Hewes raised more than $356,000 during the reporting period and is sitting at about $567,000 in cash. Hewes definitely took the most aggressive approach in his press release comparing his numbers for June to Reeves, and spokesman Keith Plunkett said: “With the release of campaign finance reports, we see first hand how our campaign has put before voters the clear choice they have in this race, and how Mississippians are gravitating toward a trustworthy candidate with the temperament and experience to lead. Our opponent can’t find some out of state firm to spin these campaign finance figures, and he can’t spin the fact that this is a firm indicator that Mississippi voters are beginning to make their choice for Billy Hewes to be our next Lt. Governor. Voters want a solid candidate like Senator Hewes that can articulate ideas and talk about issues.” View the report, which includes a $100,000 loan to the campaign from Hewes, here.

** In the treasurer’s race, Lucien Smith continues to lead with $464,000 cash on hand after raising a little more than $68,000 last month. Lee Yancey raised $43,000 in June and has a little less than $100,000 in the bank, while Lynn Fitch brought in a little more than $23,000 an has more than $200,000 in cash.

** Jim Hood raised just under $29,000 in June and has more than $483,000 in cash. His Republican opponent, Steve Simpson, raised around $17,000 and has $195,000 cash on hand.

** In the Agriculture Commissioner’s race, Cindy Hyde-Smith had a very big month bringing in more than $108,000 and now holding more than $136,000 in cash. That puts her pretty much in line with Max Phillips, who also has $136,000 in cash. Dannie Reed ends the month with about $7,000 cash on hand.

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