Andy Beshear breaks fundraising record for down-ballot 2015 race

10/03/2014 10:40 AM

Democrat Andy Beshear announced Friday his campaign for attorney general has broken a fundraising record after netting $210,000 in the latest quarter.

Beshear has raked in $1.48 million for his 2015 attorney general campaign since entering the race in November, breaking a state fundraising record for a non-gubernatorial election, according to his campaign. Beshear has $1.23 million cash on hand, his campaign said in a press release.

Current Attorney General Jack Conway, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, raised about $1.43 million when he first ran for the office in 2007, state campaign finance records show.

“Britainy and I are incredibly grateful that Kentuckians continue to show their support for my campaign for attorney general,” Beshear, son of term-limited Gov. Steve Beshear, said in a press release. “Our numbers tell me that our non-partisan message is resonating. This campaign’s and my personal focus will always start with Kentucky’s families. That’s why we are committed to addressing our state’s significant child abuse issues, better protecting our seniors from a new breed of scam artists, and battling Kentucky’s drug epidemic.”

Beshear has built an enormous war chest for a down-ticket race in which he’s the only entrant. His father’s role as head of the Kentucky’s executive branch has proven beneficial for his 2015 prospects, as a number of political appointees hosted fundraisers for his campaign earlier this year.

Steve Robertson, chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky, said Beshear’s cash advantage won’t deter potential GOP candidates from entering the race. In fact, he predicted Beshear’s representation of clients in business with the government as an attorney with the law firm Stites & Harbison would come back to bite him in 2015.

“Based on the exorbitant amount of money he’s extracted from state government, I think he personifies what’s wrong with Frankfort,” Robertson said in a phone interview with Pure Politics. “And quite frankly, I think when we crawl into what he’s been able to pull out of the taxpayer’s pocket thanks to his father’s position in the governor’s office, I think he’s going to need every penny of it.”

He declined to comment on possible Republican entrants, calling the decision to mount a statewide campaign “a big decision because they’re basically agreeing to put their life on hold.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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