Beshear raises 6 times what Williams does as former colleagues, state employees give big

10/13/2011 05:32 PM

The Democratic ticket of Gov. Steve Beshear and running mate Jerry Abramson cast a wide net for the more than $6.3 million raised in the general election, including collecting roughly $330,000 from state employees.

Beshear also got help from his former colleagues at the law firm of Stites & Harbison and Abramson’s friends at the Louisville Metro Government hall where he was mayor.

The Republican ticket of David Williams and Richie Farmer, meanwhile, has lagged behind in fund-raising, collecting a bit more than $1 million, which is $300,000 less than what that ticket raised during the spring Republican primary election.

Here’s the Pure Politics analysis of the gubernatorial fundraising, which helps to explain why Kentucky TV viewers are seeing a lot more Beshear/Abramson ads than Williams/Farmer commercials:

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