After Barr out-raises Chandler, both have about $800k for final stretch

10/15/2012 10:08 AM

*UPDATED — *Republican candidate Andy Barr collected about $300,000 more than Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, over the last three months, enabling him to erase the financial advantage Chandler would have over the final month of the campaign.

Barr raised $806,198 between July 1 and Sept. 30, compared to $503,675 for Chandler over that same span, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission.

Chandler, so far, has spent more than Barr. Both have about $800,000 left over for the final push.

_____________ Raised 3rd Q _________ Raised Total _________$ On Hand

Chandler (D) …. $503,675 ……………….. $2,009,345 …………… $833,100
Barr ® ……….. $806,198 ……………….. $1,527,311 …………….. $789,265

Chandler has outspent Barr on advertising. The incumbent spent $755,655 on media buys through Sept. 30 while Barr’s campaign bought $685,000 worth of air time and spent $55,000 on production of the ads to the Strategy Group for Media out of Columbus, which also produced ads for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul among others.

Among the donors, each candidate collected money from the usual suspects in his respective party.

But perhaps the most interesting split is that David A. Jones Sr., the founder of Humana, Inc. in Louisville contributed to Barr while his son, David A. Jones Jr. of Chrysalis Ventures in Louisville, contributed to Chandler. (Neither Jones happens to live in the 6th District).

The younger Jones gave $2,500 to Chandler on Sept. 24. David Jones Sr. wrote a $1,000 check to Barr on July 8.

Other notable contributors to Barr include many of his former colleagues in Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s administration. Barr served as general counsel in the Governor’s Office of Local Development.

They include Murray businessman and former secretary of the cabinet Robbie Rudolph ($1,000); lobbyist and former Education Secretary Laura Owens ($500); and Lexington business strategist and former chief of staff to the governor Daniel Groves ($500).

Also giving to Barr were state Reps. Bill Farmer of Lexington ($250) and Kim King of Harrodsburg ($350), Inez banker and former RNC chairman Mike Duncan ($1,000) and former ambassador to England, William Farish ($2,500).

Chandler collected checks from a number of state employees and current and former Democratic elected officials, including Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer ($500); Franklin Co. Judge Executive Ted Collins ($250); State Senator and former governor Julian Carroll of Frankfort ($250); former state Auditor Crit Luallen ($250); former Gov. Brereton Jones ($1,000) and former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford ($500), who campaigned with Chandler last month.

Also giving to Chandler were state Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes ($500) and Democratic state Rep. Sannie Overly of Paris ($250) and Rita Smart of Richmond ($100) as well as former state Senate Democratic leader Ed Worley of Richmond ($500) and former Democratic Senate Whip Nicholas Kafoglis of Bowling Green ($100).

Chandler also fared well among the retired judge set, getting contributions from former Chief Justice John Palmore ($500), former Franklin Circuit Judge William Graham ($250) and former District Judge San Billingsley, ($250) who publishes the Kentucky LawReader blog.

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