U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, who won last month's GOP gubernatorial primary, reported Monday that she has more than $800,000 to spend on the campaign leading up to the Nov. 2 general election.
Fallin's report shows she took over the fundraising lead for the first time from Attorney General Drew Edmondson, who lost the Democratic contest.
Until the most recent reports, Edmondson led among all the gubernatorial candidates. He lost by less than 1 percent to Lt. Gov. Jari Askins in the July 27 Democratic gubernatorial primary election.
The deadline to file campaign reports was midnight Monday. As of 8:45 p.m. Monday, Askins was the only one of the six gubernatorial candidates who had not yet filed a report.
Last-minute reports filed by July 28 showed Askins had raised $2.28 million, including $775,000 she had loaned herself. Edmondson through July 28 reported raising $2.65 million.
Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, reported raising $285,911 during the most recent reporting period, from July 13 to Aug. 9.
Fallin so far has raised $2.77 million, or about $500,000 more than Edmondson had raised.
Fallin reported spending $245,503 during the most recent reporting period, which put her total expenses at $1.9 million.
She reported having $805,266 on hand.
Edmondson raised nearly $150,000 during the most recent reporting period. He raised $2.72 million so far.
Edmondson reported total expenditures of $2.37 million. His campaign reported spending $686,636 during the most recent reporting period.
Edmondson, who decided against seeking a fifth term, reported having $254,549 remaining.
State Sen. Randy Brogdon, who finished second to Fallin, reported he raised $418,977 so far. He reported receiving $25,972 in contributions during the most recent reporting period. Brogdon, of Owasso, reported no expenditures during the most recent reporting period. He reported having $103,229 on hand.
The other two GOP candidates, Robert Hubbard and Roger L. Jackson, filed reports Monday showing they had raised less than $15,000, each.
Hubbard, a Yukon businessman, reported raising $2,035 during the most recent reporting period, putting his total raised at $13,193. He reported spending $2,807, which left his committee with
Jackson, a retired Oklahoma City businessman, reported raising $50 during the most recent reporting period, putting his total amount raised at $14,150, including $4,000 he had loaned himself. He reported spending $124 and had $624 remaining.
Edmondson and Brogdon have several options of what to do with the surplus funds if any remain after all campaign expenses are paid. Among other things, they can return the donations to contributors, give the money to the state's general fund, roll it over to a new account for another state election within six years or use it to pay for a community event. They also could transfer up to $5,000 a year to a state or county political party, but can't use the money to make political donations to candidates or to a political action committee.