- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Finance reports said U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, who represents Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district, has brought down his campaign debt to about $70,000.

Russell was first elected in 2014, and his debt to consultants from that campaign reached over $223,000 by early 2015. He has spent the last 18 months reducing that debt, according to the Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/2eraCZZ ).

According to campaign finance reports, the freshman Republican made more than $16,000 in debt payments in the last quarter. Reports at the Federal Election Commission show most of the state’s U.S. House members donated large amounts of their campaign money to help other Republicans. Some of the House members that donated to help with House races include Rep. Tom Cole from the 4th district, Rep. Frank Lucas from the 3rd district and Rep. Markwayne Mullin from the 2nd district.

Russell’s Democratic opponent, former state Sen. Al McAffrey, raised $16,000 from July through September, while Russell raised more than $104,000 in that same period. Libertarian candidate Zachary Knight did not file a report with the FEC, since candidates who do not raise at least $5,000 are not required to file campaign finance reports.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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