Nunnelee, Ross raise early funds

Among those vying for the 1st District congressional seat, only Republicans Alan Nunnelee and Henry Ross had filled their war chests prior to the new year, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Ross, an attorney and former Eupora mayor, had raised $60,696 – including a $58,000 loan from himself – and had spent $9,265 last year. Of that, $1,300 was raised in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The freshman incumbent, Nunnelee, had earned $191,960 in the fourth quarter of 2011 and had $433,634 cash on hand as of Dec. 31. His total 2011 campaign earnings were $633,810.

Tuesday marked the deadline for filing fourth-quarter 2011 campaign finance figures for congressional races, but only Ross’ report was available on the FEC website as of that evening. Nunnelee’s report had been filed but wasn’t yet available online; campaign manager Morgan Baldwin provided a summary to the Daily Journal.

No reports were available for Republican Robert Estes, Democrat Brad Morris or Libertarian Danny Bedwell.