WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe hasn't officially announced whether he'll run for another term, but he has cranked up the fundraising activity for an expected 2014 campaign.
On March 13, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, and other GOP senators were the honorary hosts for a “campaign kickoff” and “season pass” dinner in Washington for Inhofe's campaign; a political action committee donating $5,000 or a person donating $2,500 would become season pass holders and receive invitations to all widely attended fundraisers this year.
Inhofe, R-Tulsa, is planning a two-day fishing tournament in April at Lake Texoma — where the entry fees will be $3,000 for a political action committee and $1,500 for an individual donor — and he has various other fundraising lunches and dinners on the schedule.
Inhofe, who has been in the Senate since late 1994, began 2013 with about $659,000 in his campaign account. He spent more than $6.4 million in his last campaign cycle, which culminated with a victory in 2008 over former Democratic state Sen. Andrew Rice, of Oklahoma City. Inhofe got 57 percent of the vote in that election.
Inhofe will turn 80 in November 2014 and would be 86 at the end of another six-year term.
Inhofe vows to block gun bill
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, has joined a group of Republican senators vowing to block consideration of gun control legislation.
Inhofe signed onto a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., opposing “any legislation that would infringe on the American people's constitutional right to bear arms, or on their ability to exercise this right without being subjected to government surveillance.”
Also signing the letter were Republican Sens. Rand Paul, of Kentucky; Marco Rubio, of Florida; Mike Lee, of Utah; and Ted Cruz, of Texas.
Reid is expected to bring legislation to the floor in April that would crack down on illegal gun trafficking and expand background checks for gun purchases. A proposal to ban certain types of semi-automatic weapons and ammunition clips would not be included in the bill, Reid has said.