Barr out-raises Chandler in 6th District contest, but Chandler has large cash on hand advantage in final weeks

10/18/2010 09:39 AM

Republican challenger Andy Barr out-raised U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler by more than $20,000 between July 1 and Sept. 30, but trails the Democratic incumbent heavily in the amount of cash on hand.

Chandler’s reports $1.3 million on hand compared to Barr’s $370,333. Of course it helped Chandler that he had stockpiled $1.7 million by the start of the general election season.

The 6th District race is considered the most competitive in Kentucky with the congressional campaign committees of both parties pouring in cash to the campaigns and airing TV ads in the past several weeks. The race has made the top races to watch list of several political websites, but only one, the Cook Political Report, rates it as a “toss-up.”

But the amount of money spent by each candidate during the latest quarter underscores how competitive the race may be. Chandler spent nearly $1 million dollars over the last three months. He was the first Kentucky candidate on the air with commercials in early August. His campaign also wrote a $25,000 check to the Kentucky Democratic Party.

Barr, with more funds raised but without a bank account stuffed with previous campaign cash, spent $476,606 in the same span.

Digging deeper into each candidate’s donation list shows some interesting trends, such as support for Barr from Republican heavyweights in and out of Kentucky.

Donations to Barr from key Republican:

  • $1,000 from Robert Michael Duncan, Inez Banker, former chair of Republican National Committee, head of American Crossroads group
  • $2,400 from Jess Correll, Owner, First Southern Bank and Republican fund-raiser
  • $1,000 each from former congresswoman Anne Northup and business owner R. Wood Northup
  • $2,000 from Friends of John Boehner, the U.S. House Republican leader
  • $2,000 from Friends of Trey Grayson, Kentucky’s Secretary of State
  • $1,000 from Haley’s PAC, the political action committee of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
  • $1,000 from Citizens for Bunning, the campaign committee of retiring U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning
  • $3,000 from employees of the Forcht Group, established by Terry Forcht, a Central Kentucky banker and Republican fund-raiser

Additionally, Barr received lots of help from coal industry executives, other Central Kentucky bankers and horse farm owners and more.

  • $1,500 from Elmer K. Whitaker, President/CEO of Whitaker Bank
  • $500 from David Moss, Executive with Kentucky Coal
  • $2,400 from B. Wayne Hughes, owner of Spendthift Farm and the first donor to the American Crossroads group chaired by Duncan
  • $500 from Ann Dix Maenza, Publisher, Frankfort State Journal
  • $1,000 from Monnie Gay Long, owner of Brookview Farm
  • $2,400 each from Harold and Toni Akers, owners of AA&W Coals, Inc.
  • $1,400 from Warren W. Rosenthal, Owner, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
  • $3,000 from Arch Coal Inc PAC

Meanwhile Chandler has received a lot of support inside Kentucky, but outside his district. Several donors from the Louisville area have contributed to Chandler’s re-election bid, as well as some well-known state Democrats.

Notable donations for Chandler:

  • $1,000 from Jonathan Blue, Executive at Blue Equity LCC
  • $1,000 from Michael Berry, President/CEO of Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc.
  • $250 from John Aubrey, Sheriff of Jefferson County
  • $250 from State Sen. David Boswell of Owensboro
  • $250 from Wendell Ford, the former U.S. Senator and governor, who also lives in Owensboro

Chandler also has some interesting donors to his campaign during the last cycle, including Native American tribes, former UK basketball coaches and more.

  • $1,000 from F. King Alexander, President of California State University at Long Beach
  • $1,000 from the Chickasaw Nation
  • $1,000 from former University of Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall, a longtime Chandler supporter who campaigned with him heavily during the 2003 governor’s race
  • $1,000 from the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
  • $3,000 from Poarch Creek Indians
  • $2,000 from Ford Motor Co.
  • $2,500 from General Electric PAC
  • $1,000 from the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball (Chandler’s grandfather, Happy Chandler, served as former baseball commissioner after his U.S. Senate career)
  • $2,4000 from Owsley Brown II, chair of Brown-Forman

The latest cn|2 poll on the 6th District showed Chandler with a 14-point lead over Barr.

-Reporting by Kenny Colston

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