Heiner to report raising $4.3 mil. in governor's race with $4.2 mil. coming from Heiner

07/07/2014 03:24 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner and former Lexington councilwoman K.C. Crosbie have collected $4,380,770 since getting in the 2015 governor’s race in March with $4.2 million of that coming directly from Heiner himself.

The campaign filed its latest quarterly fundraising report Monday with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and shared the early top-line numbers with the media. The campaign will show more than $3.9 million on hand.

The campaign also highlighted several big-name GOP donors to the campaign including:

- Lexington homebuilders Don and Mira Ball, who were major supporters of former Gov. Ernie Fletcher. Mira Ball also is a former chairwoman of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees; – Jess Correll, president of First Southern Bancorp in Stanford; – Larry Cox, the former state director for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell; – State Sen. Chris Girdler, R-Somerset, and the former district director for U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers; – Jim Host, founder of Host Communications and the former state Commerce Cabinet Secretary under Fletcher; – and Papa John’s founder John Schnatter.

In a statement about the report, which will be posted on the registry’s site later this week, Heiner’s campaign manager Joe Burgan emphasized Heiner’s business experience and outside of Frankfort background.

“It is going to take a political outsider to bring much needed changes to Frankfort, and Hal’s success in job creation and growing a business makes him ideal for the job of Governor,” said Burgan. “It is obvious that Hal is deeply committed to public service, and believes that the future of Kentucky is worth investing in.”

Heiner has been touring the state in recent months, but has committed to not holding fundraisers until after the fall elections.

Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who formerly served as a state Representative from 2001 through 2011, has indicated that he will likely announce his decision on a gubernatorial run in the next several months.

He told Pure Politics last week that he’s not concerned about the financial head-start Heiner has.

Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway and Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, are the lone Democrats in the 2015 gubernatorial race so far. That ticket must file its quarterly report with the registry before midnight Monday.


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