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
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
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
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
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
Below the Fold
Governors would have greater authority in removing university trustees under bill that passed Senate
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul makes stop in Louisville to discuss repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act
Subscribe and get the latest political intelligence delivered to your inbox.