WASHINGTON — 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.”