Inside the fundraising: AG Conway out-raises challenger, but P'Pool has more cash on hand

04/21/2011 04:44 PM

With the 2011 general election for attorney general already set, both the incumbent Jack Conway and challenger Todd P’Pool are stocking up on cash in preparation for the November election.

Neither Conway, a Democrat running for re-election, or P’Pool, the Republican Hopkins County Attorney, have opposition in the May 17 primaries.

Conway spent the last three months collecting donations from reliable Democratic sources as well as a few big fundraising events to out-raise P’Pool by $50,000 for the quarter.

But P’Pool, who has actively campaigned since filing, is holding onto to previously raised money and a $250,000 loan to himself to have a strong war chest. P’Pool leads Conway with available cash by more than $190,000, according to their campaign reports filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

Here’s a breakdown of the head-to-head numbers:

Conway
Raised: $129,857 (same total for entire campaign)
Spent: $14,811 (same total for entire campaign)
Loans: None
Cash on hand: $115,046

P’Pool
Raised: $79,482 ($352,132 total)
Spent: $44,109 ($46,484 total)
Loans: $250,000
Cash on hand: $305,647

P’Pool, who is running his first statewide race, tapped many stalwart Republican donors such as Donald Ball, CEO of Ball Homes; Jess Correll, President of First Southern National Bank; and R. Wood Northup, CEO of Radio Sound Inc. and husband of former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup.

But P’Pool also received cash from former Louisville mayor candidate and councilman Hal Heiner, who made the max $1,000 donation as did his wife, Sheila. And former 6th Congressional District challenger Andy Barr gave $250 to the P’Pool campaign. So did Hunter Bates, a lobbyist and former statewide candidate.

Some notable donations to P’Pool are below:

$500 State Rep. Bob and Angela DeWeese
$500 Hunter Bates, former Lt. Gov. candidate/Lobbyist
$250 Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller
$250 Guthrie Zaring, Lobbyist, Impact Government Relations
$1,000 Greg Brotzge, Lobbyist, Impact Government Relations
$1,000 Larry Cox, Campaign Chair/Former Mitch McConnell staffer
$250 State Sen. Dan Seum
$250 William Stone, President, Louisville Plate Glass Co.
$150 State Sen. Ernie Harris
$500 James Patterson, CEO, Pattco. LCC.
$250 John Stanton, Field Rep. for Congressman Geoff Davis
$1,000 R. Northup, CEO, Radio Sound Inc.
$250 State Rep. Brent Housman
$1,000 Donald Ball, CEO, Ball Homes
$1,000 Philip Conklin, CEO, R.W. Conklin Steel
$500 Greg Hill, Ohio County Attorney
$1,000 Jess Correll, President, First Southern National Bank
$2,000 John & Cynthia McCarthy, Managing Principal, McCarthy Strategic Solutions
$500 Eric Anderson, General Manager, Warrior Coal
$500 Kathy Stocks, CFO, Elemental Analysis, INC.
$1,000 Michael Smith, Owner, Michael Smith Toyota
$2,000 Hal and Sheila Heiner, former Louisville Mayor Candidate
$250 State Rep. Ron Crimm
$250, Andy Barr, former 6th Congressional District Candidate/Lawyer
$500 Mike Duncan, former Republican National Committee chairman/Banker
$500 Williams Witten, Johnson Co. Sheriff
$1,000 Ted McGinnis, VP Operations, Matrix Energy, LCC.
$2,000 John and Bonnie Small, VP of Eastern KY Operations, Excel Mining
$1,000 Nick Carter, President, Natural Resource Partners
$2,000 James and Linda Booth, Owner, Booth Energy
$500 J. Tood Inman, Republican Consultant
$1,000 Ballard Cassady, Exec. Director, Kentucky Bankers Assoc.

P’Pool also received the maximum $1,000 donation from the political action committees of two big Republicans. The Bluegrass Committee, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s PAC, donated to P’Pool as well as the Free and Strong America PAC, led by former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

McConnell is also expected to headline an April 28 fundraiser in Madisonville, Ky., for P’Pool. McConnell’s former Kentucky director, Larry Cox, is working as P’Pool’s campaign chairman.

As far as expenditures, P’Pool spent more than $20,000 on campaign staff and $4,663 for website hosting, development and e-mail blasts to Brushfire Digital. And the campaign spent $1,620 on tickets to the various Republican Lincoln Day Dinners spread out over primary season across the state.

What boosted P’Pool the most during the latest reporting period between January and April 15, 2011, were seven fund-raisers held during that time. The two highest grossing fundraisers were held at the polar ends of the reporting period: a Jan. 21 fund-raiser held by J. McCauley Brown of Brown-Forman brought in $10,750 while an April 7 fund-raiser held by Matrix Energy Vice President Ted McGinnis in Inez, Ky. pulled in $19,100.

For Conway, his report isn’t much different. The incumbent received much of his support from former candidates, current Democrats and their reliable fund-raisers.

Britt Brockmann, chair of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees gave Conway the maximum $1,000 donation.

Kentucky Democratic Party chair Dan Logsdon gave Conway $1,000 as did Conway’s former consultant, Mark Riddle.

A list of notable donations to Conway is below

$1,000 Dan Logsdon, Kentucky Dem Party chair
$1,000 Jeff Bischoff, VP Business Development, Gray Construction
$1,000 Jeanne Anderson, Comm. Of. Ky. Attorney
$1,000 Steve Trager, chairman of Republic Bank and Trust
$755 Franklin Lewis, Prosecutor, Office of Attorney General
$250 Kenton Co. Democratic Women’s Club
$500 Terry Mann, President, Ky. Alternative Programs
$1,000 Judith Phillips, Exec Management, Stand Energy Corp.
$500 Bob Babbage, former politician/current lobbyist
$1,000 David Whitehouse, Whitehouse Riddle Strategic Solutions
$1,000 Ann McBrayer, Owner, Kentucky Eagle Beer
$500 Jim Cauley, political consultant
$1,000 Philip Lynch, Director/Corporate Comm., Brown-Forman
$1,000 Larry Craig, Car Dealer, Craig and Landreth Auto
$2,000 Tom and Barbara Conway, Conway’s parents.
$1,000 Henry Gordinier, Sr. Director of Strategic Planning, Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
$250 John Aubrey, Jefferson County Sheriff.
$200 Ellen Hesen, Chief of Staff, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
$1,000 Steven Trager, Chairman, Republic Bank and Trust
$1,000 Bernard Trager, Exec. Committee Chairman, Republican Bank and Trust
$500 David Hale, Chair/President/CEO, First Capital Bank of Ky.
$1,000 Mark Riddle, consultant
$1,000 Cathy Yarmuth, wife of U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth
$1,000 Britt Brockman, chair, UK Board of Trustees
$500 Kevin Flanery, Executive, Churchill Downs
$500 Andrew Horne, former 3rd Congressional District Candidate/Attorney
$500 Vincenzo Gabrielle, Owner, Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant
$500 Jennifer Moore, Kentucky Democratic Party attorney
$500 Mitchel Denham, attorney, Office of Attorney General
$250 Sean Riley, attorney, Office of Attorney General
$250 John Jenkins, Dept. Political Director, Conway for Senate
$1,000 Jack Conway (candidate)
$1,000 Elizabeth Conway, wife of Conway

Conway also benefited from the help of various political action committees, including $1,000 from the Kentucky Forward PAC, chaired by U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler of Central Kentucky.

Conway also received the max donation ($1,000) from KEPAC, the political action committee of the Kentucky Education Association; Teamsters Local 89 in Louisville; the United Mine Workers of America; Echostar Corp. and Dish Network PAC and the Comcast Corp. PAC.

Because he is not actively campaigning, Conway’s expenditures weren’t notable as he does not have an active staff and isn’t spending money on mailings or advertising.

To make up for the lack of an active campaign, Conway relied heavily on four large fund-raisers, three sponsored by his campaign in Washington D.C., Northern Kentucky and Conway’s hometown of Louisville and a fourth by a couple in New Orleans.

On March 6, Conway’s campaign raised $20,954 in Washington D.C. without a cost to the campaign.

The Northern Kentucky fund-raiser pulled in $9,895 and the Louisville fundraiser, held at 21c Hotel, brought in $61,230. The April 8 New Orleans fund-raiser, hosted by Martin and Angela Maley, raised $10,500.

-Reporting by Kenny Colston

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