Flinn puts $1.4M into rematch with Kustoff

Multimillionaire perennial candidate George Flynn, who lost to Rep. David Kustoff by less than 3,000 votes in the 13-candidate 2016 Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District, has put $1.4 million of personal funds into his 2018 effort to unseat the incumbent, according to a new report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Flinn’s report says $866,365 of his money, in the form of a loan to the campaign, was spent in the first quarter, leaving a cash-on-hand balance. All but $3,000 of the money went to Caissa Public Strategies of Memphis for “campaign management expenses” that are not further explained in the report.

Kustoff reported receipt of $236,800 in contributions – including just over $100,000 from PACs – during the first quarter. Total campaign donations through March 31 are listed at $1.12 million. Flinn’s self-financing in the first quarter thus surpasses the total raised by Kustoff since he took office in 2017.

The congressman’s cash-on-hand balance was reported as $954,563. He listed just $21,138 in spending for the quarter. Total campaign spending to date: $357,581.

Flinn, who made his fortune in a chain of radiology clinics and ownership of radio stations, has previously run unsuccessfully for the 9th Congressional District seat, losing as the GOP nominee against Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen, and in the Republican primary against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Note: In the last weeks of the 2016 primary campaign, a round of TV and print advertising sponsored by a new PAC called Win for America that some credited as a significant cause of Flinn’s defeat. The ads bashed Flinn for supporting a Democrat (not mentioning that the Democrat was his son, a Memphis city councilman). Subsequently, turned out that former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher gave at least $100,000 to the new PAC. (See Jackson Baker’s report HERE.)



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