Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony off to early fundraising lead for re-election

Republican Bob Anthony, of Oklahoma City, the longtime member of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, has raised more than five times the amount of his Republican challenger.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: May 1, 2012

Republican Bob Anthony, seeking a fifth consecutive six-year term on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, has raised more than five times the amount of contributions reported by his GOP challenger, according to campaign reports filed Monday.

Anthony reported raising $217,007 for the three-month reporting period of Jan. 1 through March 31, according to his report filed with the state Ethics Commission.

Brooks Mitchell reported raising $42,450, according to his report.

Republican Patrice Douglas, who was appointed last year to the utility regulatory panel, didn't draw an opponent. Douglas will serve the remainder of a term that ends in 2014.

Douglas reported raising $203,510 during the reporting period.

Anthony, of Oklahoma City, reported having $58,095 on hand before Jan. 1. That gave him a total of $275,102. He reported expenditures of $10,657, which gave him a balance of $264,445 on hand as of March 31.

Mitchell, of Oklahoma City, reported spending $3,387, which left him with a balance of $37,812 on March 31.

Anthony, 63, will face Mitchell, 50, a former commission administrator, in the Republican primary June 26. No Democrats or independents filed for the office, meaning whoever wins the primary election will win the post.

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