Analysis of 4th District fundraising: 3 candidates crack six figures with different bases of support

04/16/2012 06:48 AM

Boone County Judge-Executive lined up the most donors and has the most money left heading into the last five weeks of the primary election, according to federal campaign finance reports filed over the weekend.

The Federal Election Commission reports show that Moore ($238,495 raised), Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie ($152,529 raised) and state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington ($128,585 raised) all cracked the six-figure mark. Massie also kicked in $80,000 of his own money.

Walt Schumm, an Oldham County developer, was the only other one of the seven candidates to raise enough money to file a campaign finance report. He reported raising more than $28,000 and gave his campaign $10,000 of his own money.

Each of the candidates’ donor list seemed to feature different bases of support. Moore lined up some of the most prominent names in the Northern Kentucky business community, as well as some local officials. Massie’s report showed names of supporters of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. And Webb-Edgington featured support from the Frankfort set, including lobbyists and two of the state House Republican leaders.

Moore collected the most money. But when unitemized contributions are factored in — small dollar donations — Webb-Edgington had the highest number of individual donors with a total of more than 350 individuals.

While state legislators and legislative candidates aren’t allowed to take contributions from Frankfort lobbyists, a 1995 Legislative Ethics Commission opinion states that federal campaign finance laws explicitly state that they supersede any state law or ethics rules. That allows legislators who are running for Congress to accept donations from lobbyists. Click here to read: KY Leg Ethics Opinion.DOC

Here is the breakdown of highlights of the report:

Gary Moore
Total raised: $238,495
Cash on hand: $199,569

Moore gave his campaign $2,500

Key donors:

  • Robbie Rudolph, Murray businessman and former state finance cabinet secretary and lieutenant governor candidate ($1,000)
  • Lance Lucas, who considered running for the seat and is attorney with Lucas & Dietz and the son of former Congressman Ken Lucas ($1,000)
  • Prominent business owners: Bill Butler of Corporex ($2,500), Wayne Carlisle, CEO of Carlisle Enterprises ($2,500), Paul Chellgren, former Ashland Oil CEO ($1,000) and Robert Griffin, president of Griffin Industries ($2,500)
  • County officials: Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery ($500), Rob Rothenburger, Shelby County Judge-Executive ($1,000), Roger Hartlage, Henry County magistrate ($300), Edward Prindle, Boone County Jailer ($750)

Thomas Massie

Total raised: $152,529
Personal loan: $80,000
Cash on hand: $157,008

Key donors:

  • County officials: Cindy Arlinghaus, Boone County PVA ($500), Chris McCane, Lewis County Jailer ($2,500)
  • Lukasz Mroz, legislative correspondent for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul ($2,500) and Michael Maaggard, former Richmond-based volunteer for Paul’s 2010 campaign ($500)
  • Phyllis Sparks, president of Sparks Contracting ($5,000), Harold Mays of H.G. Mays Corp. ($1,000), Mark W. Johnson of Bluegrass Contracting Corp. ($500)

Alecia Webb-Edgington

Total raised: $128,585
Cash on hand: $100,505

Webb-Edgington gave her campaign $1,000 as did her campaign manager, Rick VanMeter. Justin Brasell and Jeremy Hughes, two consultants who have served as unpaid advisors on Webb-Edgington’s campaign, also gave money.

Key donors:

  • State Representatives: Danny Ford of Mount Vernon ($500), Jeff Hoover ($1,000)
  • Lobbyists: Kelley Abell of Capitol Solutions ($1,000), Patrick Crowely of Strategic Advisors ($250), Scott Douglas of Capitol Link Consultants ($500), Ron Pryor of Capitol Solutions ($1,000), Marc Wilson of Commonwealth Capitol Group ($500), John Keast of Cornerstone Government Affairs ($500)
  • Former Republican Party of Kentucky chairman Robert Gable $2,500
  • Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe ($250)
  • Former Kenton County deputy judge-executive Scott Kimmich $2,500

Walt Schumm

Total raised: $29,275
Personal loan: $10,000
Cash on hand: $14,910

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