Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann speaks with members of the media during a press conference inside of his office at the State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Monday, March 14, 2022. Credit: Eric Shelton/Mississippi Today

Updated: This story has been updated to include lieutenant governor candidate Chris McDaniel’s report, which had not been posted by the secretary of state when the article first posted.

Incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann on Friday reported raising a whopping $958,000 in May for his reelection campaign.

The one-month haul dwarfs the $211,000 Hosemann had reported raising for January through April in his last report. His campaign at the time said that he had abided by the longstanding lawmakers’ honor system of not holding fundraisers during a legislative session, which ran from January through April 1 this year.

For scale, Hosemann’s nearly $958,000 for May outpaces the $650,000 incumbent Gov. Tate Reeves — a consummate fundraiser — raised for the month.

Hosemann’s main primary opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, reported having $386,000 cash on hand and raising $107,000 for May, although it appears nearly $10,000 of that total was re-reported from his previous report. It has thus far been unclear exactly how much McDaniel has raised or has on hand for his campaign, because of confusing reports he has filed for his campaign and a PAC he ran. He reported that he returned his largest donation to-date, $465,000 from a dark-money group his PAC funneled to his campaign. Hosemann claims McDaniel violated state campaign finance laws and has a complaint pending with the attorney general. But Mississippi’s campaign finance laws are seldom enforced.

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Hosemann’s largest contributions for the period were $50,000 from the Mississippi Bankers Association PAC and $30,000 from the Homebuilders Association of Mississippi PAC. Hosemann received large donations — from $20,000 to $25,000 each — from several state health care PACs, roadbuilders and manufacturers.

“These contributions allow us to travel the state, meet with Mississippians in every county, and share our successes over the past four years,” Hosemann said in a statement. “We’ve enacted the largest tax cut in the state’s history and the largest teacher pay raise in the state’s history, downsized state government and paid off more than $500 million in state debt. We are so grateful for the support, and encouraging endorsement of our conservative achievements and platform.”

Reeves reported in a press release Friday that his campaign has $9.4 million cash on hand, after launching a $1 million media campaign running May-June. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brandon Presley in a press release Friday reported raising $355,000 for May and having $1.7 million in his campaign account.

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Geoff Pender serves as senior political reporter, working closely with Mississippi Today leadership on editorial strategy and investigations. Pender brings 30 years of political and government reporting experience to Mississippi Today. He was political and investigative editor at the Clarion Ledger, where he also penned a popular political column. He previously served as an investigative reporter and political editor at the Sun Herald, where he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for Hurricane Katrina coverage. Originally from Florence, Mississippi, Pender is a journalism graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and has received numerous awards throughout his career for reporting, columns and freedom of information efforts.