Curtis leading GOP pack in fundraising, Utah-based donors

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With about a month to go before the August GOP primary, 3rd Congressional District candidate John Curtis is touting his campaign fundraising compared with his opponents, Chris Herrod and Tanner Ainge.

PROVO — With about a month to go before the August GOP primary, 3rd Congressional District candidate John Curtis is touting his campaign fundraising compared with his opponents, Chris Herrod and Tanner Ainge.

Curtis raised $132,468 from 368 donors between April 1 and June 30, according to campaign finance reports submitted to the Federal Elections Commission on Saturday. The Provo mayor also has taken a $100,000 loan from himself, bringing his contribution total to more than $232,000.

During that same period, Ainge, an Alpine lawyer, raised $130,833 with 53 donors, including a $40,398 loan from himself; and Herrod, who has served in the Utah Legislature, raised $79,446 from 40 donors, according to campaign finance reports.

In a news release Sunday, Curtis’ campaign compared how much the Provo mayor has raised from Utahns rather than donors based out of state.

About 86.6 percent of Curtis’ donations come from Utahns, many living in Utah County, while 13.4 percent — about $16,000 — comes from seven donors living in other states, according to the candidate’s campaign finance filings.

The calculation does not include $12,396 of unspecified donations included in Curtis’ finance reports.

“I am honored to have the support of so many from across Utah,” Curtis said in a prepared statement Sunday. “I am confident our campaign will have the resources to get our conservative message…

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