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 Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135.

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