GOP's James Comer says he has $400,000 on hand with help from Democratic donors

10/10/2011 02:49 PM

Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said he has raised $650,000 and has $400,000 on hand for the last month of campaigning before the Nov. 8 election.

Comer, a farmer and state representative from Monroe County, is the first of the 2011 candidate to release his general election fundraising numbers, which are due to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance by the end of Wednesday.

Comer’s report wasn’t yet available on the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance’s site. But his campaign issued a statement saying he has received contributions from 28 of his colleagues in the General Assembly.

One of the those 28 is Democratic state Rep. Melvin Henley, according to the campaign. Henley was first elected to the General Assembly as Republican before switching parties.

“I am incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support for me, but I think the numbers speak more for the importance of this office and the need to have someone qualified in it,” Comer said in the news release.

Other notable Democrats who gave to Comer include former Gov. Brereton Jones, businessman Luther Deaton and Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble, according to the campaign.

On the Republican side, former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, former Congresswoman Anne Northup and Churchill Downs CEO Robert Evans top the list, according to the campaign.

Comer’s Republican primary opponent, Rob Rothenburger, also donated to Comer, the campaign said.

Comer faces Democratic candidate Robert Farmer. Farmer held a fundraiser in Lexington on Friday that drew 75 people, said campaign spokesman Brian Wright.

But Farmer’s fundraising totals were not yet available, Wright said.


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