Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, Democratic challenger report campaign donations

Inhofe collected nearly $730,000 in the second quarter of the year, while political newcomer Matt Silverstein reports more than $83,000 in donations in his first few weeks as a candidate.
by Chris Casteel Published: August 2, 2013

A Tulsa Democrat challenging Sen. Jim Inhofe raised more than $83,000 in just a few weeks, but the Republican incumbent had more than $1.2 million in the bank at the end of June, according to campaign finance reports.

Matt Silverstein, a financial planner, reported $83,336 in contributions between mid-May and the end of June; all of the money came from individuals. The campaign, Matt for Oklahoma, also reported about $47,000 in debt, attributable to campaign expenses paid by Silverstein; he did not report the money as a loan to the campaign. The campaign had $74,216 in cash at the end of June.

“People want a new senator who will promote the Oklahoma economy, not spend hundreds of billions on pork in other states,” said Silverstein, a political newcomer. “There is a broad consensus in Oklahoma that pork barrel politics has to go and that's why they're ready for a fresh, new, independent leader who won't waste their money.”

Inhofe, R-Tulsa, who has stepped up his fundraising this year for his 2014 re-election campaign, raised nearly $730,000 from April 1 through June 30; that includes $334,000 in political action committee money donated directly to his campaign and about $50,000 more in PAC money transferred from another fund.

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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At A Glance

The following is a list of the top five campaign contributors last quarter for the campaigns of Sen. Jim Inhofe and Matt Silverstein:

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa

Top contributors in last quarter:

Common Values Political Action Committee (Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, leadership PAC): $10,000

Defend America PAC (Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., leadership PAC): $10,000

Comcast/NBC Universal PAC: $7,500

Boeing Co. PAC: $6,000

SAIC (defense contractor) PAC: $5,500

Matt Silverstein, Democrat, Tulsa

Top contributors in last quarter:

Kyle Brumble, Bixby, homebuilder: $5,200

George W. Krumme, Tulsa, oil production: $5,200

Bob Lemon, Oklahoma City attorney: $5,200

Roxie Silverstein, Tulsa, retired: $5,200

Steve Silverstein, Tulsa, real estate: $5,200

Note: Individuals can give up to $2,600 for each primary and $2,600 for the general election. Political action committees can give up to $5,000 per election.

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