COUNT IT UP: Outside sources contributed heavily to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s re-election campaign in Mississippi.
By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
Campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission for Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race show a stark divide between the tea party and GOP establishment.
Six-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who won the runoff by 7,667 votes, received more than $4 million in contributions, with 54 percent of that coming from individual contributors. Cochran raised more than $4 million for his campaign, and $1.6 million of that came from political action committees.
MONIED UP: Six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran got plenty of money from outside sources to finance what was a bruising primary.
The individuals who contributed at least $2,400 apiece included some of Mississippi’s heaviest hitters in GOP circles:
- Haley Barbour — former governor and now a D.C.-based lobbyist — gave a total of $5,200 in three different transactions
- Delbert Hosemann, secretary of state, contributed $2,600
Native American tribes outside Mississippi also contributed heavily to Cochran’s campaign, including:
- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama, which gave $2,400, $2,000 and $200 apiece in separate contributions.
- The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma gave $2,500 in two contributions
- The Pechanga Band of Mission Indians of California gave $2,600
- The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona gave $2,600
- The Seneca Nation of New York gave $1,000
- The Biloxi Tribe of Marksville, La. gave $1,000
- The AK-Chin Indian Community of Arizona gave $1,000
Individual contributions from business interests from outside Mississippi:
- Four executives from unmanned aerial vehicle producer General Atomics gave a total of $20,800
- Fifteen executives from defense contractor Northrop Grumman gave a total of $15,500
- Fourteen executives from the Washington, D.C., based lobbying firm the Podesta Group gave a total of $14,800
- Seven executives from Boeing gave a total of $6,300
- Sean Parker, founder of Napster and former president of Facebook, gave $2,600 apiece in two separate entries
- Two executives from security company Aegis gave a total of $5,000
- Three executives from the Airbus Group gave a total of $4,600
- Three executives from Huntington Ingalls gave a total of $3,500
- James C. France, former NASCAR executive and CEO of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based International Speedway Corporation, gave $1,000
McDaniel, who might challenge the race’s result, received more than 89 percent of his contributions from individuals and raised more than $1.5 million. The Club for Growth and Sarah Pac, former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s political action committee, contributed $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.