August 27, 2004
State Sen. Carolyn Allen, RScottsdale, tops the list of privately funded legislative candidates by raising $122,635 before the Sept. 7 primary election, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.
Allen has surged ahead of other top fund-raisers including House Speaker Jake Flake, R-Snowflake, Sen. Barbara Leff, R-Paradise Valley, and Sen. Slade Mead, RAhwatukee Foothills.
"I have been, actually, somewhat surprised at the outpouring of checks that come every day from people all over the Valley, from people all over the state," Allen said.
Allen has been targeted by socially conservative critics who object to her moderate stances on abortion and other issues. Allen is seeking her second Senate term representing District 8, which covers most of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.
Her Republican opponent, Robert Ditchey of Scottsdale, qualified for $50,940 in public funding only two weeks before the primary.
Ditchey said he struggled to collect the required number of $5 contributions, and then waited for about two weeks for state officials to certify him for funding.
Ditchey said he kept his campaign moving through grassroots contacts and by attending every candidate forum or debate offered in the district.
Now, he plans to spend most of his funding on direct mailings to likely voters.