Gray's U.S. Senate campaign collects $1.75M in first months of candidacy

04/06/2016 03:56 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray’s campaign has announced the Lexington mayor brought in $1.75 million in his first fundraising quarter.

The haul includes $750,000 in direct contributions and a $1 million loan from Gray, according to a Wednesday news release from his campaign. He’s one of seven Democrats hoping to face U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who had $1.2 million in campaign cash at year’s end, in the Nov. 8 election.

Gray said he’s “encouraged,” “humbled” and “grateful” for the fundraising results in the first two months of his campaign that left him with $1.5 million cash on hand. He launched his campaign Jan. 26, nearly a third of the way through the three-month fundraising period.

“Kentuckians know Washington is broken and that new leadership is the only solution,” he said in a statement. “Sen. Paul started running for president just after he was elected senator. Kentucky deserves better. I’m running to stop the gridlock and get things done.”

Gray’s campaign released his first-quarter fundraising totals, first reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader, ahead of the April 15 filing deadline.

A spokeswoman for Paul did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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 or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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