Sunday, February 18, 2018

Gohmert well in front in funding in congressional race

By Glenn Evans
Feb. 7, 2018 at 12:03 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert rode a nearly half-million-dollar war chest through 2017 as he seeks an eighth term, while his competitors aren't nearly as well-funded.

With $458,343 raised by a Dec. 31 reporting cutoff, Gohmert's nearest potential competitor in the 1st Congressional District is Democrat Brent Beal, who reported contributions of $54,450 in reports filed Jan. 31.

Gohmert also reported spending $388,300 during the past calendar year. That left him with $92,132 cash on hand.

Beal's fellow Democrat, Shirley McKellar, reported $8,200 raised, all from individuals. McKellar spent $7,815 during the reporting period.

With $34,857 spent during the past year, Beal entered 2018 with $19,593 cash on hand.

Reports from Republicans Anthony Culler of Nacogdoches and Roshin Rowjee of Lufkin, who also seek Gohmert's seat, were not available from the Federal Elections Commission.

Culler said this week that he has raised less than $1,000.

In a race next door, U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Heath, has a similar incumbent's advantage in House District 4 as Gohmert enjoys in District 1.

The 18-county district includes Camp, Cass, Marion, Morris and Titus counties, along with parts of Upshur County.

Ratcliffe reported $600,334 in contributions this past year and spending of $312,332. He reported $416,613 cash on hand at the year's end.

A report from his GOP opponent, John Cooper of Sulphur Springs, was not evident on the ethics commission website.

Two Democrats are lining up for the District 4 seat, Catherine Krantz of Emory and Lander Bethel Jr. of Sherman.

Krantz reported raising $12,595 and spending $721 last year. She had $11,874 on hand.

Bethel reported $7,767 raised, $3,263 spent and $4,503 on hand.



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