In 6th District, Palumbo has more cash than Jensen after loaning campaign $50K as Barr cracks $300K

10/16/2013 08:55 AM

UPDATED — Since July 1, three candidates running in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional Districts collected more than a half million dollars with much of that going into the coffers of freshman Republican Congressman Andy Barr of Lexington.

Barr kept up his impressive fundraising pace this year bringing in more than $307,000, including more than $125,000 from political action committees. Barr has raised $1.125 million in his re-election and has about $781,000 on hand, according to his third quarter fundraising report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Among the Democrats vying to take on Barr, Joe Palumbo raised more than $84,000 from contributors, gave his campaign $11,782 of his own money and loaned the campaign another $50,000 in personal funds. Palumbo, who runs his family’s lumber company and is the son of state Rep. Ruth Ann Palumbo, ended his first fundraising quarter with $108,826 in the bank.

Elisabeth Jensen, who has run an education advocacy organization, raised $51,483 for the quarter. That brings her total to more than $125,000 raised since entering the race in June. She raised about $75,000 in her first three weeks as a candidate before the last fundraising deadline.

The Democratic primary has split those in the state House with Ruth Ann Palumbo and others like Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, giving to Joe Palumbo and current House Democratic Caucus Chairman Sannie Overly of Paris and Rep. Kelly Flood of Lexington giving to Jensen.

But Jensen has been spending money at a faster rate than Palumbo. A third Democratic candidate in the race, attorney Michael Coblenz, hasn’t filed an FEC report yet.

Here’s how the candidates stand:
……………….3rd Q Raised…..Election Raised ……. Election Spent……On Hand
Barr ® ….. $307,202 ………$1,125,477 …………$418,636 …………$781,225
Palumbo (D) $145,838*……..$145,838 ……………$37,011 …………..$108,827
Jensen (D) ..$51,583 ………..$125,958 ……………$46,020 …………..$79,938

*Includes $50,000 loan from the candidate

Among the key donors giving to Palumbo were: state Auditor Adam Edelen ($1,000), Damron, a former House caucus chairman ($250), former House whip Joe Barrows of Versailles ($250), former Republican House candidate Rick Christman ($250), lobbyists Terry McBrayer ($500) and Sherman Brown ($250) and car dealer Frank Shoop ($500).

Jensen’s most prominent donors were former gubernatorial candidate and 2008 U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Lunsford ($1,000), Overly, the current caucus chairman, ($500), as well as Mark Riddle, a consultant and former Democratic Party executive director . Rep. Kelly Flood, D-Lexington, gave $200 to Jensen. And Jensen collected more than $10,000 through the Act Blue fundraising site.

Among those giving to Barr were Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin ($250), former state budget director Brad Cowgill ($500), Washington lobbyist Charlie Grizzle ($3,500), former U.S. Surgeon General nominee and former state Health Secretary James Holsinger ($1,000), Humana founder David A. Jones ($1,000), former GOP candidate for secretary of state Hilda Legg ($250), former Congresswoman Anne Northup of Louisville ($1,000), and former chief of staff to Sen. Mitch McConnell-turned-lobbyist Billy Piper ($1,000 this quarter, $2,000 for the election).


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