U.S. Rep. Steve Womack raised less than $100,000 for his re-election campaign during the last quarter of 2011.
Womack, R-Rogers, raised most of the fourth-quarter contributions from industry-backed political action committees, according to a year-end report his campaign filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.
Womack took in at least $78,000 from PACs including those representing Cargill, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Cox Enterprises, Arkansas Best, Tyson Foods, Best Buy, Boeing and AT&T.
About two dozen individuals, most from Arkansas, contributed nearly $12,000 during the quarter, according to the report.
Less than 100k…almost all of it from corporate PACs…only about 24 individual donations totaling almost…just almost…12K. And think, that was before he got to screaming his head off at his constituents. How many individuals do you think are going to open up their wallets after that? Now of course no one doubts Womack will have the money to run this race, but this highlights the way corporations have taken over our political system. I had it confirmed directly that Ken Aden raised $9,000 in the third quarter, all from individuals, meaning that if corporate PACs didn’t come into play Womack would have raised less than 3,000 dollars more than his competitor. What’s more, it’s starting to look like Aden’s fundraising is picking up a bit this quarter. It’s hard to read the tea leaves, but Aden is going at this nonstop, steadily chipping away at the perception that this isn’t a winnable race this year and at some point soon I bet that starts paying off in a big way. Interestingly, one of Aden’s contributions came from none other than Steve Womack’s father, though in a round about way:
Ken Aden, a Democrat running in the 3rd Congressional District, received a small campaign contribution check Thursday night that brought a smile to his face.
The check was for $7.90 — only a sliver of the $9,000 Aden said he has raised — but the source of the money had the 33-year-old candidate from Russellville beaming in a photograph of him with the contributor, George Lyne, 60, of Lowell. The photo was snapped at a Democratic campaign event in the Springdale AQ Chicken House.
Lyne won the money Jan. 9 by correctly answering a trivia question on KURM AM-790. The Rogers radio station, owned by the family of Republican Rep. Steve Womack, awards trivia contest winners a check for $7.90, matching the station’s number on the radio dial.
Lyne, who said he and his wife already have contributed about $100 to Aden, thought it would be fitting to hand the Democrat money won from a Womack radio station.
Reportedly, when Lyne informed Daddy Womack of who he wanted the check made out to the old man about lost it. Here’s the photo of Ken accepting the check:
Gotta love that! But hey, if Steve Womack’s daddy can send Ken some cash (albeit begrudgingly) I’m sure you can find it in your heart and wallet to give a great candidate like Ken ten bucks on ActBlue…