Sen. Tom Coburn, House hopefuls get jump on fundraising

CHRIS CASTEEL, Washington Bureau Modified: July 17, 2009 at 12:26 am •  Published: July 17, 2009
WASHINGTON — Sen. Tom Coburn raised nearly $600,000 in just a few weeks, showing he could attract campaign money quickly after deciding to run for a second term.

Coburn, R-Muskogee, reported this week he collected $594,099 between April 1 and June 30, after raising relatively little money in the past few years. Coburn started the period with $57,000 in his campaign account, but ended with $623,451.

Coburn, first elected to the Senate in 2004, announced on June 1 he would run for another term in 2010. Before then, he repeatedly said he didn’t want to ask people for money before deciding whether to run again. He also said he wouldn’t have trouble raising money if he decided to seek another term. He proved that, collecting most of the money in the weeks after his announcement.

No opposition to Coburn has emerged.

Two Oklahoma City Republicans hoping to succeed Rep. Mary Fallin in Congress are building healthy campaign war chests, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

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