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Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe and state colleagues in Congress raise campaign cash

First quarter campaign reports show freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin raised money to retire debt, while fellow freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine collects less than $20,000
by Chris Casteel Published: April 18, 2013
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— Sen. Jim Inhofe and other members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation got busy in the past three months raising money for the 2014 elections, and freshmen Rep. Markwayne Mullin made a dent in his campaign debts from last year.

Inhofe, R-Tulsa, facing his first reelection campaign since 2008, raised nearly $180,000 from January through March, with more than $107,000 of that coming from political action committees representing a wide range of interests, including energy companies, banks and defense contractors.

Inhofe, who has been in the Senate since 1994, had $748,330 in his campaign account at the end of March, according to a campaign finance report filed this week.

Mullin, R-Westville, collected $143,150 in his first three months in Congress, with much of that earmarked to retire the considerable debt he accumulated in winning the only congressional seat in the state that had been held by a Democrat.

Mullin paid down tens of thousands of dollars owed to consultants but still has $228,000 in outstanding personal loans to the campaign, according to his new campaign finance report. Federal law allows candidates and officeholders to collect campaign contributions to retire debts, including those from personal loans.

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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