Heiner's gubernatorial campaign has almost $3.5 million on hand at end of 2014

01/05/2015 06:36 PM

Hal Heiner, buoyed by $4.2 million he already loaned his campaign, has nearly $3.5 million on hand for his Republican gubernatorial bid after raising $146,462 in the final fundraising quarter of 2014, his campaign announced late Monday.

Heiner, a Louisville real estate developer, has raised more than $4.6 million with the candidate’s loans included in the total. In a statement, he said he’s “grateful for the support” thus far and his ticket with running mate K.C. Crosbie of Lexington is “encouraged by what we see and hear as we travel across the commonwealth.”

The fourth quarter fundraising report, due Monday to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, was Heiner’s best in terms of individual contributions since he entered the race in March, according to a news release. Heiner’s campaign spent $191,217 as 2014 drew to a close, the release states.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Heiner’s chief opponent in the GOP primary, also posted his highest fundraising quarter at year’s end, netting more than $555,000 in the final three months of 2014. Since joining the gubernatorial field Sept. 9, the Tompkinsville Republican has raised nearly $1.1 million.

Heiner has been focused on organizing his campaign team and taking his message to Kentucky voters, with the candidate recording enough miles to cross the state more than 47 times, according to the campaign.

“Kentuckians are making it clear they want to send a conservative outsider to Frankfort who will start putting Kentucky families first,” Doug Alexander, Heiner’s communications director, said in a statement. “With Hal’s experience as a proven job creator, we are confident that our message is resonating in all areas of the commonwealth.”

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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