Mississippi Treasurer Tate Reeves, Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, released his fundraising figures for the first reporting period of the year today. The period covers January 1st through April 30th 2011. Campaign finance reports are due to the Secretary of State's office by close of business today from all statewide campaigns.
In the four-month period, Reeves raised $724,126.42 and reported cash on hand of $2,100,473.21. Those figures set a record for a campaign for Lt. Governor in Mississippi, both for the amount of funds raised in the period and cash on hand.
"I'm proud to say that we've now received contributions from all 82 counties in Mississippi, and our success is entirely due to the strong level of grassroots support we enjoy across the state. My wife Elee and I are grateful to the thousands of donors and volunteers from every corner of this state who are enthusiastically giving of their time, talents, prayers and hard earned money to help us win this election," said Reeves.
The Reeves campaign's cash on hand total represents more than the two candidates for Lt. Governor four years ago had on hand combined.
"I've been honored to serve Mississippians the last seven years as their state treasurer and as a watchdog for taxpayers. I hope to continue that role as Lt. Governor in order to lower our state's debt burden, protect our credit rating, prioritize spending on education and public safety, and ensure that state government can become more efficient and transparent in spending our citizens' hard earned tax dollars," said Reeves.
Tate Reeves ended the day yesterday at his annual fundraiser at Bravo! Restaurant in Jackson, which raised more than $80,000, then started his day today at an event in Hernando at 6:45 a.m. He will speak to the Republican Women's group in Columbus at Noon today before attending the funeral of Senator Jack Gordon in Okolona.