- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - U.S. Rep. Mia Love collected $515,000 in campaign checks over the past three months, outraising her Utah colleagues in the House of Representatives.

Campaign finance reports filed this week show Love spent $393,000 from April through June, leaving her with $619,000 in her campaign account.

Utah’s three other GOP House members all raised $166,000 or less during the same time period.

Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart are all expected to be relatively safe when they’re up for re-election next year, while Love is gearing up for her first re-election battle in a district with a sizeable portion of Democratic and independent voters.

About 40 percent of the money Love raised came from donors who gave $250 or less.

Love, who serves on the House Financial Services Committee, received about $160,000 in larger donations from political action committees and corporations representing banks and financial firms, according to The Salt Lake Tribune (https://bit.ly/1CGeqfi ).

That included a $5,400 donation from investor Charles Schwab and donations from PACs linked to the Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and others.

Love said in a short statement about her latest fundraising numbers that she’s “incredibly appreciative of the faith and trust my donors have placed in me.”

Love defeated Democrat Doug Owens in November to win her seat in Utah’s 4th District. Owens, a political newcomer and son of former U.S. Rep. Wayne Owens, has said he’s considering challenging Love again in 2016, but he has closed his campaign account and hasn’t reported raising any money this year.

He and any other challengers have until spring of 2016 to jump into the race.

The other representatives in Utah’s all-GOP congressional delegation also filed new campaign finance reports this week:

- Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican form Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, raised $146,000 during the fundraising quarter. He spent $73,000 and had $402,000 left to spend.

- Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah’s 1st District raised $166,000 and spent $72,000, leaving him with $261,000.

- In the 2nd Congressional District, Rep. Chris Stewart raised $72,000, spent just over half of that and had about $182,000 left over.

- Republican Sen. Mike Lee, who is up for re-election next year, raised $816,000 over the past three months and spent $384,000. He has nearly $1.2 million in his campaign account.

- Orrin Hatch, Utah’s senior senator, raised $687,000 and spent $64,000. The Republican has about $1.6 million leftover.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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