From Staff Reports - The Dallas Morning News - Sunday, February 3, 2008
The Republican incumbents in two Collin County-area congressional races have amassed far more money than any of their challengers, according to a recent round of campaign finance reports filed by the candidates with the Federal Election Commission.
Among the reports' highlights:
•In District 4, U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall of Rockwall has received about 45 percent of his receipts from political action committees, which strongly tend to support incumbents.
•Among Mr. Hall's GOP challengers, Gene Christensen of Celina has raised and spent the most. But much of that money has come in the form of loans to himself. Most of the money given to Kathy Seei of Frisco came from contributions.
•In District 3, contributions to U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson have dwarfed the amount collected by the lone reporting candidate in the Democratic primary, Tom Daley of McKinney. Beyond that, Mr. Johnson has nearly $800,000 cash on hand and no debt.
Mr. Johnson's district includes parts of northern Dallas and southern Collin counties, while Mr. Hall's district includes a large swath that stretches east from Collin County to Texarkana.
The following net amounts were collected by congressional candidates through 2007, according to reports that were filed Thursday:
Wayne Avellanet, Plano: $0*
Sam Johnson (i), Plano: $564,968
Tom Daley, McKinney: $1,400
Ron Minkow, Plano: $0*
Gene Christensen, Celina: $289,815
Kevin George, Celina: $11,965
Ralph Hall (i), Rockwall: $547,195
Joshua Kowert, Sherman: $3,239
Kathy Seei, Frisco: $54,490
VaLinda Hathcox, Sulphur Springs: $0*
Glenn Melancon, Sherman: $21,252
*According to the FEC. Candidates receiving less than $5,000 are not required to file reports.