A Closer Look at Campaign Finance

By: Jon Kalahar Email
By: Jon Kalahar Email

This week campaign finance reports were to be filed with the Mississippi secretary of state's office. But some candidates didn't make the deadline.

Eighty-seven candidates in Mississippi didn't file their reports on time. They range from candidates running for state representative and senator to statewide offices like insurance commissioner and state auditor.

Secretary of State Eric Clark's office posts all the candidates campaign finance reports online. It is state law that candidates disclose how much they received in contributions and from whom.

They also reveal in the report how much they've raised and how much money they still have on hand.

And even though most candidates will tell you they don't like fund raising, it's a part of what they need to do to run for office.

"With politics the way they are today, raising money's a necessity," said Nathan Wells of the Charlie Ross campaign for lieutenant governor. "You have to get your message out. You have to get it out on a grand scale, statewide scale."

"It's a large state with a lot of different markets and it just takes, unfortunately, a lot of money," said Neil Forbes, Phil Bryant's campaign manager. Bryant is also running for lieutenant governor.

Both candidates were out of town Friday, campaigning in north Mississippi.
They were not only looking for votes but contributions to help get their message out to Mississippians.

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