Conway cracks $750K mark in first fundraising report covering seven weeks

07/08/2014 08:18 AM

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: The Democratic frontrunner in next year’s governor’s race, Attorney General Jack Conway, announced Tuesday that his first fundraising report filed the previous night will show $751,329 raised since Conway entered the race May 6.

Conway and his running mate Sannie Overly announced the figure, adding that the money comes from individual donors — not from Conway’s personal accounts. The fundraising numbers are through Conway’s first seven weeks in the race, between May 6 and June 30. The other ticket in next year’s race, Republicans Hal Heiner and K.C. Crosbie, brought in $4.3 million but about $4.2 of that has come from Heiner, himself.

And the Conway-Overly ticket has relied on just two fundraising events so as to try to stay out of the way of 2014 candidates who are trying to raise money. The ticket’s first fundraising report will show more than $700,000 on hand, the Conway campaign said.

Later Tuesday, Conway attributed the big numbers to “a lot of time on the phone.”

That report, which includes the names of donors, is not yet available online with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance as of Tuesday morning.

Conway also said he and Overly received more checks that they couldn’t count in the report and sent back some to avoid conflicts of interest.

So far, no other Democrats have announced their intentions to run for that party’s nomination next May. Those who are still considering it — or at least haven’t eliminated the possibility — include former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo of Hazard, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Lexington banker Luther Deaton.

In fact, Stumbo issued a statement to that effect Tuesday morning:

“I have not ruled out running, but my priority is raising money for the Democrats who are on the ballot this year, especially my House members and Alison Lundergan Grimes,” Stumbo’s statement said. “I will focus on the governor’s race when we get through with these. Personal ambition should never outweigh the bigger picture.”

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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