Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jari Askins loaned her campaign another $350,000 and moved ahead of Republican candidate Mary Fallin in fundraising a week before voters go to the polls.
Askins narrowly overtook Fallin for the first time in the governor's race as the contenders stepped up fundraising efforts to buy ads and finance campaign operations in the days leading up to next week's general election.
Askins reported raising $1.5 million during the most recent reporting period to put her fundraising total at $3.9 million, her campaign manager said.
Fallin reported raising $1 million during the period, according to reports filed with the state Ethics Commission. That put her total at $3.8 million.
The filing period deadline was Monday. The reports cover the period from Aug. 10 through Oct. 18. The candidates also filed last-minute reports, showing contributions received since Oct. 19.
Fallin, elected to represent the 5th Congressional District in 2006 after 12 years as lieutenant governor — Oklahoma's first
Askins, a former legislator and judge who has served the past four years as lieutenant governor, reported receiving $60,425 in last-minute contributions.
The last-minute contributions bumped up Askins' total to about $3.9 million and Fallin's total to nearly $3.9 million.
Askins reported loaning her campaign $350,000 during the most recent reporting period, said her campaign manager, Sid Hudson. So far, she has loaned her campaign $1.125 million.
Askins reported having $610,000 available as of Oct. 18 while Fallin reported having $270,000 on hand.
Much of the money raised by Askins has been spent in the past few days, Hudson said.
"Jari had a very successful period raising money," Hudson said. "People are investing in Jari because they know she is the right person to lead Oklahoma."
Fallin reported spending $1.6 million during the recent reporting period. She has spent $3.5 million so far, according to her report.
In addition to the money given to her campaign, Fallin's gubernatorial effort has gotten a boost from the Republican Governors Association.
It reported spending $428,199 on two television commercials intended to link Askins with Democratic President Barack Obama. The Republican Governors Association efforts are considered independent expenditures and are not required to be included in Fallin's campaign committee totals.
Last-minute contributors to Askins who gave the $5,000 maximum contribution include Fayenelle Helm, of Tulsa, a housewife; Dr. Leroy Parker, of Wayland, Mass., with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Speak Up for Rural Electrification of Temple; and David Chernicky, of Tulsa, manager of New Dominion LLC. The Oklahoma Public Employees Association reported giving $2,500 to her campaign.
Last-minute $5,000 donors to Fallin's campaign include Mark Corlee of Edmond, president of VE Powertrain; Jim Rice of Oklahoma City, president of Pro-Fab Inc.; the J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. political action committee of Chicago; Charles Gray, of Oklahoma City, a government adviser; Sinclair Armstrong, of Vian, a banker; Same Jewell, of Sulphur, whose occupation was not listed; and Ron Blalock, of Jones, a consumer affairs specialist with Camelot Financial Services.