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Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, challenger Matt Silverstein report campaign donations

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, has $1.5 million in the bank at the end of September, while his Democratic challenger Matt Silverstein, of Tulsa, has a war chest nearing $100,000.
by Chris Casteel Modified: October 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm •  Published: October 26, 2013
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— Sen. Jim Inhofe banked nearly $787,000 for his re-election campaign from July through September, while Democratic challenger Matt Silverstein topped $100,000 in his first full quarter of fundraising.

Inhofe, R-Tulsa, who has been in the Senate since 1994, ended the third quarter with more than $1.5 million in his campaign account. Silverstein, of Tulsa, a financial planner making his first political race, had close to $100,000 in cash.

All 77 counties

The senator's haul included more than $152,000 from political action committees, but his campaign noted that he collected individual contributions from all 77 of the state's counties.

“The tremendous level of support for my re-election from Oklahomans in all walks of life humbles me and encourages me to continue my efforts to stop Washington's reckless abuses,” the senator said in a news release.

Silverstein's campaign picked up financial support from some former Democratic officeholders, including former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and state Sen. Judy Eason-McIntyre.

“We still have over a year to go and we will continue to gain steam,” Silverstein said in a statement. “We're also proud we haven't taken a dime from any lobbyists.”

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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