Former state Insurance Commissioner John Crawford, seeking to get the GOP nomination for his old job in next week's runoff election, is relying mostly on loans from himself and others to finance his campaign, reports show.
Three political newcomers, including Crawford's GOP opponent, have also loaned their campaigns cash. Mark Costello, a Republican candidate for labor commissioner, has loaned his campaign $326,347, or 97 percent of the money he's raised.
Crawford has loaned himself $20,000 of the $35,000 raised so far. Another $10,000 came from $5,000 loans each from Gretchen Crawford and Marjorie Crawford, his report filed with the state Ethics Commission shows.
The deadline to file the campaign money reports was midnight Monday.
During the most recent campaign reporting period that covers July 13 through Aug. 9, a $15,000 loan from Crawford was the only amount reported as coming into his campaign.
Crawford, elected insurance commissioner in 1994, was the target of an investigation by the FBI before losing his bid in 1998 to be re-elected. Crawford never was charged with a crime.
Crawford reported spending nearly $6,000 during the most recent reporting period, leaving him with $22,137 available.
His Republican opponent in Tuesday's GOP runoff primary election, John Doak, reported loaning his campaign $10,000 during the most recent reporting period. Altogether, Doak has loaned his campaign $35,000; altogether his campaign has raised $138,850 so far.
Doak reported spending $56,342 during the most recent reporting period, and that he had $7,281 on hand.
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