Freshman Horn leads Oklahoma delegation in early fundraising
U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, the Oklahoma City Democrat who scored an upset victory in November, collected nearly $378,000 in the first three months of this year for her re-election campaign as Republicans made her one of the top targets in the country.
Horn had total receipts of $377,581, and she ended the quarter with $365,961 in the bank.
It was the highest fundraising total in the seven-person Oklahoma congressional delegation, eclipsing even the amount raised by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, whose receipts for the quarter totaled $334,566.
Horn said her first-quarter financial support "shows that Oklahomans are serious about changing the way Washington works. I’m honored and humbled by the outpouring of support, especially from so many new individuals, and am pleased we’ve continued to grow the largest grassroots organization in Oklahoma.”
According to her campaign, Horn received nearly 2,000 contributions from Jan. 1 through March 31, with more than half coming from first-time donors and 62% from women.
Horn's report, filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission, shows $94,503 in donations from political action committees (PACs). Many of the PAC donations came from accounts linked to colleagues or causes.
A campaign finance reform committee called End Citizens United contributed $10,000 last month to Horn's campaign.
And though Horn's campaign didn't accept donations directly from corporate PACs, it did receive money from PACs that had collected corporate PAC donations. Horn's campaign accepted $2,500 from the American Defense and Military PAC, associated with Rep. Adam Smith, the Washington Democrat who chairs the House Armed Services Committee. That PAC received money from some of the nation's largest defense contractors, including Boeing, Honeywell and General Dynamics.
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Horn defeated Republican Steve Russell, who had held the 5th District congressional seat for four years. The district includes most of Oklahoma County and Pottawatomie and Seminole counties. The National Republican Congressional Committee in early February put the district on its list of 55 targeted for the 2020 elections.
Several prominent Republicans have been mentioned as potential opponents for Horn, the only Democrat in the Oklahoma delegation, though none has announced for the race.
Inhofe, who has been in the Senate since late 1994, has not announced his plans for re-election but is widely expected to run next year. He reported $887,344 in his campaign account at the end of March. His campaign said he raised another $140,000 in the first nine days of this month and now has over $1 million in his war chest.
• Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, reported raising $146,965 in the first quarter and having $1.2 million in cash on March 31.
• Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, reported raising $85,067 in the first quarter and having $411,138 in cash.
• Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, reported raising $108,169 and having $97,114 in cash.
• Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Tulsa, reported raising $97,052 and having $123,856 in cash. Hern, a freshman, made no payments in the first quarter on the $1.4 million in outstanding personal loans he made to his 2018 campaign.
• Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, reported raising $72,505 and having $614,819 in cash. Lankford is not up for re-election until 2022.