Elections 2010: Oklahoma gubernatorial elections 2010: Askins takes fundraising lead

Helped by loaning her campaign $1.1 million, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate takes slim lead in fundraising.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: October 26, 2010 at 10:01 am •  Published: October 25, 2010
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photo - Oklahoma Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, left, answers a question from a panel member while U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., listens during a gubernatorial debate on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla., on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, left, answers a question from a panel member while U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., listens during a gubernatorial debate on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla., on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

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.

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