Griffin outraises Jones in fourth quarter, but Jones still has more money

02/03/2014 10:45 AM

02/03/2014 10:47 AM

Republican congressional candidate Taylor Griffin raised more campaign money than 10-term incumbent Rep. Walter Jones in the final quarter of 2013, according to campaign finance reports. However, Jones ended the year with more money in the bank.

Griffin, a former Bush administration official, raised a total of $113,600 in his first quarter since announcing his candidacy in October.

Jones, a 10-term incumbent, raised $67,388 but his cash-on-hand Dec. 31 totaled about $127,000 – $40,000 more than Griffin’s $87,000.

Griffin is challenging Jones for the seat representing North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District.

“This quarter’s campaign finance reports just reinforce that Eastern North Carolina is ready to get behind a candidate that reflects their values,” Griffin said in a statement.

Contributions to the Griffin campaign totaled $106,100, supplemented by $7,500 Griffin loaned himself. He received $96,100 in individual contributions, $7,500 from political action committees –including three banks – and $2,500 that he contributed to his own campaign.

Jones received a total of $66,543 in contributions, $39,043 from individuals and $27,500 from political action committees. He did not take out any loans.

Griffin spent a total of $26,413 in the fourth quarter; Jones spent $47,871, federal reports show.

Griffin’s campaign manager, Doug Raymond, pointed to the size of political action committee contributions to the Jones campaign as evidence of a desire for change among Eastern North Carolina voters.

“It’s clear that the voters are ready to have a representative that is accountable to them, not special interest groups,” Raymond said. A request for comment from the Jones campaign was not immediately returned.

The Republican primary is May 6. Candidates spend the money they raise to build name recognition and promote their platform to voters.

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