Republican congressional candidate James Lankford may be new to politics, but he and his campaign have figured out how to raise money in the last few weeks. Since Aug. 6, Lankford has raised nearly $170,000 just in contributions of $1,000 or more, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Since many people give less than $1,000, Lankford’s overall take in the last three weeks is likely much higher. Nearly 100 people have given $1,000 or more to his campaign since early this month.
Kevin Calvey, Lankford’s opponent in the 5th District GOP runoff today, has reported 52 donations of $1,000 or more, netting his campaign close to $89,000.
Lankford’s momentum in fundraising has been particularly pronounced in the last 10 days, and it gave him the opportunity to stay on the air and to produce ads quickly when the campaign saw the need.
But it wasn’t enough to erase Calvey’s edge; Calvey had more than $192,000 in the bank on Aug. 4, while Lankford had about $56,000.
Calvey also had independent support from the Club for Growth, which spent more than $160,000 on television ads and mailings for the former state lawmaker and Iraq veteran.
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