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Oklahoma City mayoral race has become a million dollar-plus campaign

As of Feb. 17, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett had raised $732,308 while challenger Ed Shadid has raised $376,223 from donors, their campaign contributions reports show. Most of Shadid’s total is from himself; he loaned his campaign $291,000.
by Nolan Clay and William Crum Published: March 1, 2014

The Oklahoma City mayor’s race has become a million dollar-plus contest.

Mayor Mick Cornett has out-raised opponent Ed Shadid almost 2-to-1, their campaign contributions reports show.

Cornett has raised $732,308 while Shadid has raised $376,223, mostly from loans to his own campaign.

Shadid made 10 loans to his campaign totaling $291,000, the report shows.

The election is Tuesday.

The reports reflect contributions, expenditures and any loans through Feb. 17.

Cornett has accepted $697,003 from individual donors, including $1,000 from former Sooner football coach Barry Switzer.

He has accepted another $26,500 from political action committees and has $8,805 in in-kind contributions.

“It shows people think the city is heading in the right direction,” Cornett said Tuesday of his donations.

He said his campaign met its fundraising goals and had an “extraordinary” donor base of more than 1,000 individuals.

Shadid has accepted $84,395 from individual donors. He has $450 in in-kind contributions and $378 from a refund.

Shadid said he was relying on small donors, in addition to the loans he made to his campaign. He estimated his campaign had collected donations from about 600 individuals.

“I’ve taken no money from any PAC or union — no outside group,” Shadid said.

Cornett is seeking to become Oklahoma City’s first four-term mayor. Shadid is a first-term councilman from Ward 2. The mayor earns $24,000 per year.

After campaign expenses, Cornett still had $337,416 on hand Feb. 17. After expenses, Shadid only had $23,049 remaining.

Two other challengers, Phil Hughes and Joe B. Sarge Nelson, have not filed any contribution reports yet at the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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