Legislative incumbents show PAC contributions


Not surprisingly, incumbents for state legislator are taking in more contributions, mainly for political action committees, than their opponents or candidates for local offices, according to the latest campaign finance disclosures.

Incumbent District 36 state Rep. Karl Gibbs, received $2,000 in contributions between May 1 and May 31, according to his financial disclosure. He spent $700, leaving $2,800 in cash on hand when his prior balance was added in.

Gibbs received $1,000 from the Electric Power Association, and $500 each from Mississippi Public Education PAC and the Mississippi Optometric Association PAC. He spent $600 on signs at Almond Printing in Aberdeen plus another $100 in non-itemized expenses.

Candidates for state and local office must file regular financial disclosures. The next filings are due Monday, June 10.

Gibbs is being challenged by fellow Democrat Jimmy Davidson in the Aug. 6 Democratic primary. The two faced off in the last election as well.

No Republican is running.

Davidson reported receiving $150 in contributions during the latest reporting period. He reported no expenses.

Incumbent Republican state Rep. Gary Chism reported receiving $599 in contributions during May, with $400 of that coming from MPPAC, a medical insurance political action committee. He spent $450, mostly on advertising.

Combined with his previous cash-on-hand, Chism has $7,414 in his campaign account.

His opponent in the November general election, Libertarian Vicky Rose, has not yet filed her disclosure, which is due by the end of the day Monday.

Other area legislative candidates also had not filed their disclosures by Friday.

In Clay County races, candidates continue to show small expenditures heading into the final two months of the campaign for the August primaries.

Sheriff’s challenger Jeremiah Staten reported receiving $100 during May and spending $839.91although none of the expenses were itemized. He’s spent a net of $972.83 of his own money so far on the campaign, according to his disclosure.
Unopposed Chancery Court Clerk Amy Berry reported receiving and spending no money in May.

Supervisor candidate Willie ‘Lobo’ dean reported spending $313.48 during the month while incumbent Justice Court Judge Chris McBrayer reported spending $160 during the period.

The next periodic report covers through May 31 and is due next week. Candidates will be required to file another one by July 10 covering the period through June and another one July 30 covering through July 27 and one Aug. 20 covering July 28 through Aug. 17, which is after the August primary but before the runoff.