Foxx outpaces other congressional campaigns in cash on hand

Published 12:10 am Thursday, October 29, 2015

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx has a hefty helping of campaign cash on hand, according to the latest federal finance filings.

Foxx, R-5, is first among all U.S. House of Representatives candidates or incumbents in North Carolina. Federal filings due Oct. 15 show Foxx with $2.319 million in cash on hand. Next is Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10, with $1.2 million in cash on hand. However, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, tops all North Carolina congressional candidates involved in the 2016 elections. Burr’s campaign has $4.746 million cash on hand.

Foxx’s district includes the northern and western parts of Rowan. McHenry’s district stretches from Gaston County to Catawba County and Asheville.

For comparison, Foxx’s cash on hand total is more than four times U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson’s total. Hudson, R-8, has $558,879 in cash on hand and is third overall for U.S. House members from North Carolina, according to the latest finance reports. Kernersville native Pattie Curran, who is challenging Foxx for the fifth district seat, has $2,389 in cash on hand, according to the latest finance reports.

A majority of Foxx’s receipts from July 1 to Sept. 30 came from individuals. A total of $32,700 in receipts was from other political committees. The largest contributions to Foxx’s campaign from individuals were from Florida residents. The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors was the largest political action committee donor to Foxx’s campaign from July 1 to Sept. 30.

Other political action committees donating to Foxx’s campaign during the reporting period include: Piedmont Natural Gas PAC, Nelnet Higher Education Access PAC and the NRA Political Victory Fund.

Most of Foxx’s cash on hand dates back to before the most recent reporting period and the current year.

McHenry, whose district doesn’t include Rowan County, raised significantly more than Foxx during the most recent reporting period. He received a majority of his contributions from political action committees.

Hudson, whose district stretches across southern and eastern Rowan County, received $136,175 during the most recent reporting period, according to federal finance filings. Like McHenry, a majority of his receipts during the period came from political committees.

The largest political action committee donation to Hudson’s campaign appears to be the Hudson Freedom Fund, which is registered as an official fundraising group for his campaign. Other political action committees that donated to Hudson’s campaign in the most recent reporting period include: Price Waterhouse Coopers PAC, Genetec Inc. PAC, Americans for BBQ and the National Beer Wholesalers Association PAC.

Of individuals, local attorney Bill Graham donated the largest amount of money to Hudson’s campaign. Graham gave two donations of $2,700 during the most recent reporting period, according to federal filings.

Rowan’s only democratic representative in Congress Alma Adams, D-12, raised more than either Hudson or Foxx during the most recent reporting period. However, Adams has $161,276 on hand, according to federal finance reports. A majority of her contributions also came from other political committees.

Adams’ latest finance reports don’t show one political action committee as contributing more than any other. A number of political action committees contributed $5,000 to Adams’ campaign, including: Ameripac, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers PAC and the United Auto Workers Voluntary Community Action Program.

All three of Rowan’s U.S. Congressional Representatives — Adams, Foxx and Hudson — have filed statements of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission. The statement is required for candidates to raise money for the 2016 elections. Filing for congressional races in North Carolina starts Dec. 1.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.