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.