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Undecided on campaign, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn raises little money

BY CHRIS CASTEEL Modified: April 17, 2009 at 4:21 am •  Published: April 17, 2009
WASHINGTON — Sen. Tom Coburn raised relatively little money in the first three months of the year as he continued to deliberate on whether to run for a second term.

And Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, who plans to run for governor next year, pulled back on her fundraising. She will not be able to transfer money from her federal campaign account to a state race.

Coburn, R-Muskogee, collected $17,189 in the quarter and had only $57,064 in the bank at the end of March, according to his latest campaign finance report. Coburn spent about $5 million winning his Senate seat in 2004. However, a race next year could be much cheaper if he’s not challenged by a well-known or well-funded candidate.

The senator has said repeatedly this year that he hasn’t decided whether to run for a second term, and he told The Oklahoman last month that he didn’t want to raise money in earnest unless he was definitely going to run.

"Is it unethical to ask people to give you money for an election you’re not sure you’re going to run in?” Coburn said in March.

Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, who made it known in February that she planned to run for governor, collected less than $9,000 in the first quarter and had $131,705 in her account at the end of March, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, raised $63,804 in the quarter and has $1.1 million in the bank; Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, raised $11,834 and has $347,088; Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, raised $79,302 and has $227,773; and Rep. John Sullivan, R-Tulsa, raised $23,132 and has $29,493.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, won a six-year term last year and won’t be up for reelection until 2014.


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