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Elliott enjoys dollar lead in Senate race



MONEY LEAD: Joyce Elliott
I've written previously about the interesting state Senate race in Little Rock between incumbent Sen. Joyce Elliott and Rep. Fred Allen.

Allen, a clear preference among the corporate community based on the identity of contributors, nonethless is significantly behind Elliott in fund-raising according to the 10-day pre-election finance report.

In the most recent reporting period (April 10-May 12), Elliott raised $34,935 to Allen's $9,885, putting her total for the race at $148,206 against his $85,013. He had $51,000 on hand to spend and she had $139,000.

Allen's major contributors included several corporate PACs (the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce among them) and Bruce Hawkins' lobbying firm. His supporters also included Irma Hunter Brown, whom Elliott defeated for the Senate seat. Elliott reported union PAC contributors, but her report was one of the most striking I've seen for women power. Dozens of women are listed as contributors, from $75 up. If anybody's seen a report with such a turnout of financial support from a broad swath of women giving individually, I'd be interested in seeing it.

Here's Allen's report.

Here's Elliott's report.

It will be interesting if there's a late infusion of money in this race, either directed to the candidates themselves or in independent expenditures. Late money won't be reported until after the election.

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