The Chatter: Beshear's camapaign says it raised $1.2 million; 2 ag commish candidates file reports

04/18/2011 04:31 PM

The re-election campaign of Gov. Steve Beshear campaign took in $1.27 million in the first three months of 2011, according to Beshear campaign manager Bill Hyers.

That would bring the campaign’s total to nearly $4.8 million. That would leave Beshear and his running mate Jerry Abramson with $3.3 million cash on hand, Hyers said.

“I am grateful for the support of Kentuckians of our hard work to bring economic recovery and prosperity to every community,” Beshear said in a statement. “Though I remain focused on creating jobs and running an efficient and lean state government, I am nevertheless pleased with the campaign’s fundraising success.”

He has received a donation from all 120 counties, Hyers said. By the end of last year, the Beshear campaign had donations from 119 counties because he was missing contributions from Monroe County.

Beshear’s actual report was not yet available online at the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

Rothenburger raises more than $8,000

Republican agricultural commissioner candidate Rob Rothenburger has raised $8,680, according to his most recent campaign finance report. That brings Rothenburger’s total cash raised to $31,555, significantly less than his primary opponent, state Rep. Jamie Comer, who raised more than $100,000 already.

Comer’s latest report was misreporting and will be updated by Wednesday, his campaign said.

Rothenburger, the Shelby County Judge Executive, received most of his donations from people inside Shelby County. He also received multiple donations from Louisville and Frankfort. He has more than $16,000 cash on hand.

Some of Rothenburger’s notable donations come from Louisville Metro Councilmen Jerry Miller ($250) and Glen Stuckel ($100). He also received donations from three fire chiefs, Wallace Possich, the fire chief for the city of Frankfort ($35), Walter Lage, Fire chief for Anchorage, Ky., ($50) and Robert Goodwin, a state Fire Marshall ($250).

Some of Rothenburger’s notable expenditures were $1,054 for a magazine ad, around $500 for Facebook ads and $805 on tickets for Republican dinners across the state.

  • Democratic agriculture commissioner candidate John Lackey files finances*

John Lackey, a former state Senator running in the five-way Democratic primary for agriculture commissioner, collected $10,265 and spent more than $8,800 in the last three months, according to his campaign finance reform.

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