WASHINGTON — Republican Markwayne Mullin, aided by GOP allies and business interests, raised twice as much campaign cash as Democrat Rob Wallace in the first two weeks of October and surged past him in total spending in the homestretch of the 2nd District congressional race.
Mullin, of Westville, raised $160,000 between Oct. 1 and 17, with $64,540 of that from political action committees, several tied to Republican lawmakers including Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, and Reps. Tom Cole, R-Moore, and Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne.
Mullin also received contributions from the political action committees of ExxonMobil, Chevron, AT&T, the National Restaurant Association and the tax and accounting company Ernst & Young.
Mullin's spending for the race neared $1.4 million through Oct. 17, and he had $115,496 left in his account, according to the latest campaign finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Mullin and Wallace are vying for the eastern Oklahoma seat of retiring Rep. Dan Boren, of Muskogee, the only Democrat in Oklahoma's congressional delegation.
Wallace has kept pace with and even surpassed Mullin's fundraising in some periods in the past year. But Mullin raised more from individuals and political action committees at the start of October.
Wallace has been virtually ignored by the national Democratic Party, even though the district is overwhelmingly Democratic in registration. He did get a $2,500 donation this month from Rep. Steny Hoyer, of Maryland, the second-ranking Democrat in the House. And he got more help from organized labor, a traditional party ally.