Heiner enters final 15 days with more than $425K edge in pre-primary cash

05/11/2015 04:27 PM

Gubernatorial hopeful Hal Heiner enters the final 15-day stretch of the GOP primary with a more than $425,000 cash advantage over the Republican field.

Heiner, a former Louisville Metro Council member, raised $38,827 from April 18 through May 4, but he spent the smallest amount, $276,078, among those considered the top three GOP contenders, according to his 15-day, pre-primary report to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

Heiner, who has buoyed his campaign with $4.2 million in loans, enters the final stage of the campaign with a sizeable cash advantage in the Republican primary with $754,597 in the bank 15 days before Republican voters hit the polls. That gives him a $425,314 edge on the other GOP gubernatorial candidates.

Republican Matt Bevin, a Louisville investment manager, loaned his campaign another $500,000, boosting his total out-of-pocket contributions to $1.75 million, according to his KREF report.

Bevin raised another $12,000 and spent $737,000 from April 18 through May 4, putting his cash-on-hand total at $61,382.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer’s receipts totaled $50,440 for the 17-day period, boosting his fundraising total to just more than $2 million for the campaign, according to his KREF report. His campaign spent $821,252 from April 18 through May 4, leaving the slate $267,632 on hand, per Comer’s filing.

Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott reported raising $67,171, with $61,146 of that coming from his pocket. Scott spent $141,047 between April 18 and May 4, according to the KREF report.

Democrat Jack Conway netted another $109,846 in fundraising receipts in the period, but his campaign spent $158,596, according to the campaign’s report to KREF. The attorney general’s cash-on-hand total slipped from $1.41 million in his 32-day, pre-primary report to $1.37 million 17 days later, per his latest KREF filing.

Conway has raised $2.2 million and spent $941,959 since entering the race last year, according to KREF.

His only opposition in the Democratic primary, Geoff Young of Lexington, reported $100 raised and $1,012 spent in the latest pre-primary report. He has $18,079 banked, according to his report to KREF.

Drew Curtis, an independent seeking the office, reported raising $690 and spending $2,901 in the period, giving him $2,278 left on hand, per his latest fundraising report.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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