by Jim Nintzel
In the new Congressional District 2, Congressman Ron Barber has outraised Democratic challenger Matt Heinz nearly 10-to-1, according to the most recent campaign-finance reports.
Barber raised 332,828 in the five-and-a-half weeks between May 24 and July 2. (His reporting period is different from the rest of the candidates because he was embroiled in the special election to complete Gabrielle Giffords’ term.)
To win that race, Barber spent a total nearly $1.3 million and finished the reporting period with just under $195,000 in the bank.
Barber spokeswoman Jessica Schultz said that the fundraising report shows that “people continue to be excited about Ron’s plans to rebuild the middle class, protect Social Security and look out for veterans.”
Heinz raised just $33,755 and spent $68,527 over the second quarter of 2012, leaving him with $42,263 in the bank as of June 30.
Heinz says he has raised many of his campaign dollars since Barber won the June 12 special election and the fundraising report shows “the growing strength of my campaign.”
He adds that he believes he can run a low-budget effort that focuses on grassroots organization and telephone town halls rather than expensive TV commercials.
“We are finding a lot of really amazing ways to do a campaign,” Heinz says. “There’s a misperception that campaigns have to be these million-dollar things.”
On the other side of the aisle, Republican CD2 candidate Martha McSally raised $246,401 over the three-month reporting period and loaned her campaign another $22,000. She had just under $135,000 on hand as of June 30.
McSally is facing token resistance from Mark Koskiniemi in the GOP primary, but the FEC has not posted any finance reports from him. (If you want to see both GOP candidates in action, they’ll be appearing together on Arizona Illustrated at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 23, on Channel 6, KUAT-TV.)