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Matheson Leads Challengers in Fund Raising

Matheson Leads Challengers in Fund Raising



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson leads his Republican challengers in fund raising, according to the latest campaign filings.

Matheson has raised $893,316 the past 18 months, and still has $783,447 in cash.

Republican Tim Bridgewater has loaned his campaign $254,000 since September and raised $80,366 from other sources. He has $273,958 in cash.

John Swallow, who beat Bridgewater for the GOP nomination in the 2nd District race two years ago, loaned his campaign $24,000 over the past several months and repaid himself $25,000, making up for some of the money he loaned his 2002 campaign. Swallow, an attorney, has raised overall $634,575 and spent $377,019. He has $313,389 in cash.

Salt Lake County Councilman Dave Wilde who says he doesn't need a lot of money to run an effective convention race, has raised $18,718, including $4,000 from a personal loan. He has $6,223 in cash.

In the 3rd U.S. House District, Republican Rep. Chris Cannon has raised $237,506 and has $43,875 in cash. Cannon reported raising more than $200,000 from political party committees.

Cannon faces intraparty challenges from Greg Hawkins and Matt Throckmorton.

Hawkins has raised $3,685 and has spent $3,605. He loaned his campaign $2,000.

Throckmorton and Democratic hopeful Beau Babka did not have new FEC filings online Thursday, the filing deadline.

In the 1st District, Republican Rep. Rob Bishop has raised $134,043 and has $23,000 in cash.

Bishop loaned his 2002 campaign $61,000. And over the past several months he's paid back $2,000. Bishop still has debts to 2002 campaign of $69,359, his report shows.

Democrat Steve Thompson has raised $4,796, $4,000 of which is a personal loan to his campaign. He has $302 in cash.

Senate candidates file paper copies of campaign reports with the Senate clerk. Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, provided a copy of his report to the Deseret Morning News. He reported raising $1.6 million and spending $1 million and has $688,000 in cash on hand.

Democrat Paul Van Dam did not provide an advance copy of his report.

Cody Judy, who also is seeking the Democratic nomination, told the newspaper that he has raised around $50,000, with about 90 percent of that coming from his own funds.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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