Franks last, Renzi first in AZ congressional fund-raising

KINGMAN – Figures from the most recent campaign finance reports reveal that Republican 1st District incumbent Rick Renzi raised more funds than any Arizona congressman, while 2nd District Republican incumbent Trent Franks raised the least.

Renzi and Franks are both freshman congressmen, as is Democrat Raul Grijalva.

As of the March 31 report – which was released Tuesday by the Federal Elections Commission – Renzi's fund-raising total of $869,940 was the highest of the state's eight congressmen.

Franks' fund-raising total of $258,544 was the lowest, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Other fund-raising totals for Arizona incumbents are: Republican J.D.

Hayworth, $826,729; Democrat Ed Pastor, $419,191; Republican Jim Kolbe, $343,054; Republican John Shadegg, $338,318; Republican Jeff Flake, $315,158; and Grijalva, $287,853.

Republican Sen.

John McCain has raised $2,557,571 for his re-election effort, compared with $2,473 by Democratic challenger Liz Michael.

Franks easily won his seat in 2002 after edging a crowded field of candidates in the Republican primary.

The 2nd District seat was left vacant by the retirement of longtime Rep.

Bob Stump, who has since died.

Radio station owner Rick Murphy is challenging Franks in September's Republican primary.

Murphy has raised $400,440, with $250,000 of that coming from a donation Murphy made to his campaign.

Murphy has spent $121,428, and has $279,010 cash on hand.

Franks has spent $174,268 and has $90,854 cash on hand.

National Democrats have targeted Renzi's 1st District seat as a possible pickup.

Renzi won a tight race in 2002 against Democrat George Cordova in a district that has a slight Democrat registration advantage.

Renzi raised 61 percent of his $869,940 from political action committees and 38 percent from individual contributions.

One percent of Renzi's total came from "other" sources.

Democrat Paul Babbitt is challenging Renzi.

Babbitt, a former Flagstaff mayor, raised $257,547.

Eighty-three percent of his total came from individual contributions, with 17 percent from political action committees.