Barr gets coal, Fletcher administration support; Chandler among nation's best-funded incumbents

07/19/2010 06:17 AM

The most recent fund-raising numbers for Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr confirmed that he should give Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler a run for his money in Kentucky’s 6th District.

But Chandler still has a lot of money to run with. Chandler, with his more than $1.7 million, is tied for 15th in nation in cash on hand among candidates in tough election battles, according to the Washington Post’s fund-raising table.

Barr out-raised Chandler over the last three months as Barr topped-off his account before a six-way Republican primary on May 18 and then as he moved to replenish his coffers over the last six weeks of the fund-raising quarter, according to his Federal Election Commission report.

He has collected $811,000 so far and used more than half of it to secure the Republican nomination. Chandler went unopposed in the Democratic contest allowing him to hold onto his substantial cash advantage.

Here’s how the two compare in this election cycle:

Cash on hand      Total raised     Total spent

CHANDLER    $1,749,363         $908,570         $289,946

BARR              $360,892               $809,802        $449,222

Chandler received more than half of the $155,000 he raised over the last three months from political action committees, as the Herald-Leader’s John Cheves reported.

A deeper examination of the finance reports shows that Barr is getting a fair amount of support from coal companies who are no doubt miffed at Chandler’s vote last year on an environmental bill that would cap greenhouse gas emissions and create credits for companies and utilities to buy and trade. Among those who helped contribute to Barr’s $382,000 haul over the last three months were Baxter T. Phillips of mine owner Massey Energy Co. ($1,000), the COAL PAC ($1,000) and the National Mining Association ($1,000).

Barr also received substantial help from some of the Kentucky Republican Party’s most loyal donors and many of his friends who worked with him in former Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s administration. Barr served as general counsel for the Governor’s Office for Local Development. The agency was one of the focuses of investigators during the hiring scandal but Barr was never implicated of any wrong-doing.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of some of the prominent donors to both Chandler and Barr.

Here’s a look at who opened their wallets for the two candidates over the last three months:

TO BEN CHANDLER, the Democratic incumbent

Democratic faithful:

  • Mike Bowling, former state representative from Middlesboro, $1,000
  • Nick Clooney, former broadcaster and 4th congressional district candidate, $500
  • Tracy Farmer, horse owner and businessman, $2,400
  • Terry McBrayer, law firm partner and former Democratic Party chairman, $1,000
  • Jonathan Miller, state Finance and Administration Cabinet secretary and former state Treasurer, $1,000
  • Floyd Poore, Northern Kentucky physician and former gubernatorial candidate, $250

  • Distilled Spirits PAC
  • National Rifle Association $1,000
  • Stoll Kennan Ogden, $1,000

Others of note:
  • Former Lexington Vice Mayor Mike Scanlon and wife, Margaret, $3,800.
  • Judy Taylor, Keeneland lobbyist, $250
  • Alan Leavitt, horse owner, $500
  • Chicksaw Nation of Oklahoma, $1,000

TO ANDY BARR, the Republican challenger

Republican faithful:

  • Don Ball, owner and founder of Ball Homes, $1,000
  • Mira Ball, of Ball Homes and former chairwoman of the University of Kentucky board of trustees, $1,000
  • Jess Correll, president of First Southern Bank and potential 2011 GOP candidate for governor, $2,400
  • Terry and Marion Forcht, of Forcht Bank, $4,800
  • Bob Gable, former Republican Party chairman, $2,400
  • R. Wood Northup, Louisville businessman and husband of former Congresswoman Anne Northup, $1,000
  • Chris Ratliff, Pikeville attorney and former state senate candidate, $2,400
  • Carol Rogers, Fayette County Republican chairwoman, $1,000

Republican lawmakers:
  • Larry Brandstetter, architect and former state representative from Lexington, $1,000
  • State Rep. Bill Farmer of Lexington, $250
  • State Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown, $300

Former officials in the Fletcher administration:
  • Brad Cowgill, Fletcher’s state budget director, $100
  • Dave Disponett, former unpaid advisor and a Lawrenceburg contractor, $250
  • Daniel Groves, Fletcher’s chief of staff and senior advisor, $100
  • Stephen Huffman, chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Steve Pence, $250
  • Cory W. Meadows, deputy director of the LINK office in the governor’s office of local development, $100
  • Robbie Rudolph, Fletcher’s secretary of the cabinet and Finance and Administration Cabinet secretary who later ran as Fletcher’s lieutenant governor candidate in 2007, $1,000

Others of note:
  • Henry Hinkle, road contractor, $2,400
  • Donna Mayfield, administrative assistant at the Clark County Sheriff’s office and candidate for state representative, $250
  • Paul Salamanca, UK professor of law, $250
  • Jeff Speaks, lobbyist, $2,000
  • Elmer Whitaker, banker, $1,000
  • William T. Young Jr., businessman, $1,000
  • Stoll Keenan Ogden, $1,000

– Ryan Alessi


Subscribe to email updates.

Subscribe and get the latest political intelligence delivered to your inbox.