Congressional fundraising: Guthrie raises most, Massie pays himself back $25K, Whitfield has most

07/17/2013 08:42 AM

Kentucky congressman are quietly stockpiling their campaign cash in anticipation of the 2014 midterm elections even though most of the incumbents don’t yet have a challenger.

*1st District *

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, currently doesn’t have a challenger in the western Kentucky district that includes Paducah, Murray, Henderson, Madisonville and Hopkinsville. Whitfield has held the seat since being elected in 1994.

Cash on hand: $1.8 million
Raised in 2nd quarter: $362,351
Total raised in election cycle: $534,416
Total spent in election cycle: $ 185,526

2nd District

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, stepped up his fundraising effort in the second quarter of the cycle pulling in more than $372,000, which topped all Kentucky Congressman for the period ending June 30, 2013.

Democrat Ron Leach — a retired U.S. Army major — formally announced he planned to run for the chance to challenge Guthrie in 2014.

Guthrie announced his intention to run for a fourth-term in office on Tuesday and said he wouldn’t run for statewide political office in 2015.

Cash on hand: $1.15 million
Raised in second quarter: $372,162
Total raised in the election: $569,776
Total spent in election cycle: $261,323

3rd District

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, cruised to victory in his last election cycle and carried over plenty of unspent cash from that contest.

Yarmuth has held the seat since 2007, and does not yet have a challenger in the heavily Democratic Louisville district. He stepped up his fundraising after a light first quarter.

Cash on hand: $607,856
Raised in second quarter: $195,510
Total raised in the election: $202,086
Total spent in election cycle: $107,460

4th District

Republican U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie’s Federal Election Commission report shows he paid himself back $25,000 for a candidate loan from last year’s election. .

His report also shows the least cash on hand of any Kentucky congressman. But Massie got a $1 million dollar helping hand in his inaugural congressional campaign from Libertarian leaning Texas Super PAC Liberty For All.

Cash on hand: $125,215
Raised in second quarter: $85,489
Total raised in the election: $208,352
Total spent in election cycle: $168,345

Fifth District

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, chairs the influential House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

Rogers, who has held the seat since 1981, hasn’t had a serious challenger in almost that long.

Cash on hand: $751,416
Raised in second quarter: $150,640
Total raised in the election: $218,990
Total spent in election cycle: $113,726

*Sixth District *

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, has brought in about $360,000 each of the first two quarters of the year. Barr is seeking a second-term in office in the moderate Central Kentucky district.

Cash on hand – - $579,514
Raised in second quarter – - $360,048
Total raised in the election – - $807,249
Total spent in election cycle – - $293,857

Democratic candidate Elisabeth Jensen already filed to challenge Barr in mid-June. It’s expected more Democrats will enter the field.

Jensen was able to raise almost $75,000 for her first two weeks of fundraising. According to her report, Jensen has:

Cash on hand: $68,262
Raised in second quarter (and total so far): $74,373
Total spent in election cycle: $6,111

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