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 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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