Franks takes funds lead over 2nd District challenger<BR>

KINGMAN – Republican 2nd District Congressman Trent Franks recently passed primary challenger Rick Murphy in fund-raising by $50,000, according to the most recently released figures.

Franks raised a total of $506,431 as of the June 30 report, which was released July 23 by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Murphy raised $455,880.

Franks had $230,253 in cash on hand, while Murphy had $141,749.

Franks' contributions were nearly evenly split between political action committees (46 percent) and individual contributions (49 percent).

Fifty-five percent of Murphy's funds were individual contributions, and 45 percent came from the candidate himself.

Among 2nd District Democrats, Randy Camacho raised $45,298 and Lawrence Coor raised $8,078.

There wasn't any information available for Gene Scharer.

Franks is seventh in fund-raising among Arizona's eight congressmen, ahead of Democrat Raul Grijalva, another first-termer, who raised $436,051.

First District Republican Rick Renzi, also in his first term, is tops among Arizona congressmen with $1.28 million raised.

Renzi easily has outdistanced second-place J.D.

Hayworth, who raised $987,463.

Tucson Republican Jim Kolbe is third with $669,882, followed by Democrat Ed Pastor, $525,716, John Shadegg, $521,911, and Jeff Flake, $512,139.

Renzi's Democrat opponent, Paul Babbitt, raised $714,568 through June 30.

The Renzi-Babbitt race has drawn the interest of both national party organizations.