Beshear raises nearly $700,000 in first quarter

10/05/2018 07:03 PM

Andy Beshear is having no problem fundraising for his gubernatorial campaign.

His campaign announced they have raised $691,760 in the first quarter, with $587,964 cash-on-hand. That amount includes a $20,000 loan from Beshear.

His campaign reports the Beshear/Coleman campaign has received donations from more than 900 Kentuckians since announcing their candidacy.

“We are thankful and excited for the overwhelming support Kentuckians have shown for this campaign,” Beshear said in a statement. “Our fundraising report shows that our message of fully funding public education, respecting our teachers, creating good-paying jobs, restoring decency and addressing the opioid epidemic resonates with Kentuckians from all political parties.”

But—potential gubernatorial candidate and House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, is once again calling on Beshear to stop fundraising until after the elections.

In August, Adkins made the plea to potential candidates to stop fundraising for 2019 races and focus on winning back control of the Kentucky General Assembly in November.

“My strong objection remains the same as it was a month-and-a-half ago, when I called upon Steve and Andy Beshear to stop their fundraising efforts for a political campaign next year and join with me in winning back the Kentucky House and helping all other Democrats on the ballot this year. The Beshears’ fundraising tactics are hurting every local, state legislative and congressional Democratic candidate across Kentucky and could be the critical difference for many. I call on the Beshears to immediately cease all fundraising for a governor’s race, which happens next May, and focus on the next 31 days. This is a team effort, not an individual one.” he said in a statement.

The release from the Beshear campaign disputes the claim that they are hurting local races, saying they have gone on to support candidates throughout the state. The releases says they have attended functions in the following counties:

Nelson, Warren, Washington, Muhlenberg, Marion, Scott, Jefferson, Fayette, Taylor, McCracken, Harlan, Simpson, Franklin, Powell, Owen, Bullitt, Boyd, Adair, Anderson, Mercer, Graves, Hardin, Kenton, Trigg, Marshall, Oldham, Pulaski and Daviess counties where thousands of Kentuckians have shown up ready for a new generation of leaders.

In response to the statement from Adkins, Brad Bowman, campaign spokesman released the following the statement.

“We are committed to defeating Matt Bevin and restoring decency in Frankfort. Thank you to the more than 900 folks that helped us in our first fundraising quarter and who agree with our vision of fully funding public education, fighting the drug epidemic and creating good-paying jobs.”

Andy Beshear is only declared Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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  • Cat Balz wrote on October 09, 2018 05:04 PM :

    Well, looky looky. Kerry Harvey, the former US Attorney who put Andy Beshear’s chief deputy, Tim Longmeyer, in prison, has contributed to Lil’ Andy. Harvey also used to work for Steve Beshear as did his wife, and Harvey assured all that the Beshears did nothing wrong. It’s good to be a Democrat.

  • Heza Putz wrote on October 10, 2018 12:41 PM :

    To it’s credit the Courier Journal did write about Harvey’s ties to the Beshears and a potential conflict of interest. Of course, they didn’t follow up.

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