From the East Valley Tribune's estimable expert on local politics, Paul Giblin:
The latest national campaign finance reports underscore one of the benefits of incumbency – access to money.
In seven of the eight U.S. House races across the state, the incumbents, regardless of their parties, are far ahead of their challengers in collecting campaign contributions. . .
Over in the 6th District, four-term Republican incumbent Jeff Flake is running practically unopposed. He has raised $891,000 and had $975,000 cash on hand, thanks to spill-over from his previous campaign. His top three industry sectors were finance, insurance and real estate at $149,000 combined; miscellaneous businesses at $110,000; and construction interests at $54,000.
His Democratic opponent, author Richard Grayson hasn’t filed campaign finance reports.
The 6th District takes in parts of Mesa and Chandler, plus all of Gilbert, Queen Creek, and Apache Junction.
I didn't bother filing an FEC report because my arthritic fingers hurt from writing all those zeros.
You can check out where Jeff Flake got all that money from. The PAC of Orbital Sciences? New Orleans's Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold? The United Egg Association?
Whatever, as long as Jeff Flake's coffers are bulging, right?
Uh, since he is, as Paul Giblin notes, running virtually unopposed (I can't speak for the other Democrats, but I'm pretty certain I don't exist), what is Jeff Flake going to do with all that money?