Heiner raises $56,000 in latest quarter but says his focus remains on state House races

10/07/2014 10:50 AM

Republican Hal Heiner has collected about $56,000 for his gubernatorial bid in the latest fundraising quarter, but he says the light third-quarter haul shows he has kept his promise to focus on GOP candidates for state House.

Heiner reported $56,492 to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, pushing his fundraising total to $4.45 million since he formed a ticket with former Republican Party of Kentucky official K.C. Crosbie in March. The Louisville businessman has loaned his campaign $4.2 million of that total, meaning his only primary opponent thus far, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, has raised more outside donations after Comer reported $534,556 to KREF Monday.

But Heiner has shelved his personal fundraising events as he seeks to boost Republican House candidates in the fall elections. A super PAC he founded, New Direction Kentucky, announced last week it had raised $252,500 to spend in legislative races.

Heiner’s personal investment in his campaign gives him the largest cash total in the gubernatorial campaign with $3.5 million on hand. Comer has $477,656 on hand, and Attorney General Jack Conway, the only Democrat to enter the 2015 race, has $978,044, according to campaign finance records.

“When I entered this race I pledged to put aside gubernatorial fundraising events until after November, focusing instead on electing state legislators who will help change Kentucky,” Heiner said in a statement. “Unlike my opponent, I have kept my promises. With the trust of Kentucky voters, an aggressive fund raising schedule beginning this November and $3.5 million on hand, we will have the resources necessary to run a winning campaign.”

Heiner and Comer may not be alone in the GOP gubernatorial field. Former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin told Pure Politics in September he will announce his political intentions after the Nov. 4 elections. Former U.S. ambassador to Latvia Cathy Bailey is also among those mentioned as potential Republican candidates.

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 kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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