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

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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