Andy Barr opens re-election bid by raising $361K in first quarter

04/15/2013 08:08 PM

Freshman Republican Congressman Andy Barr is taking no chances in Central Kentucky’s 6th District as he started off his 2014 re-election bid by bringing in more than $361,000 in his first quarter as an incumbent.

His campaign fund finished out the quarter with $314,779 in the bank.

So far no Democrats — or Republicans — have announced an intent to challenge Barr, although Democrats have made it clear that defeating Barr is their top priority in Kentucky U.S. House races.

Barr brought in nearly half of his total — $160,975 — from political action committees. The rest came from individuals mostly in Kentucky and Washington.

That included several lobbyists with ties to Kentucky. Among those giving $1,000 was Washington lobbyist Charles Grizzle, who represents a number of Kentucky clients such as East Kentucky Power Cooperative, the University of Louisville, ResCare Inc. and KentuckyOne Health. And two former chiefs of staff to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell who are now lobbyists also contributed: Billy Piper, now a lobbyist for Fierce, isakowitz & Blalock, gave $1,000 last month and Kyle Simmons, a consultant with the First Group, also wrote a $1,000 check.

Many of the Kentucky names were prominent GOP donors:

  • Stanford banker Jess Correll ($1,000)
  • Nicholasville businessman R.J. Corman ($5,000)
  • Winchester physician and former legislative candidate Dr. Ralph Alvarado ($1,000)
  • Corbin bankers Terry and Marion Forcht ($10,400 combined)
  • businessman and former GOP Chairman Robert Gable ($2,500)
  • Paducah businessman Billy Harper ($1,000)
  • road contractor Henry Hinkle ($1,000)
  • Fayette County GOP Chairman Carol Rogers ($250)
  • Lexington businessman William T. Young Jr. ($2,500)
  • and Churchill Downs’ senior vice president Brett Hall ($1,000).

Among the more than $86,000 in expenditures from the campaign account were travel and stay at the Hyatt in Washington on Jan. 8 when Barr was sworn in. That trip also included more than $210 in payments for a ride through Regal Limousine, based out of Northern Virginia. Barr’s campaign also paid his media consulting firm, the Strategy Group for Media, $16,000 for media production on Jan. 8.


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