Neville Blakemore running away from Democratic treasurer's field in fundraising with $340k raised in the race

04/23/2015 09:51 PM

Of the five Democrats vying for the open office of state treasurer, one candidate is far and away winning the fundraising battle.

Neville Blakemore leads the Democratic field for treasurer in the quest for cash, bringing in more than $136,000 in the latest 32-day pre-primary report. The fundraising haul brings Blakemore just over $340,000 raised during the race, according to his campaign.

The Louisville Democrat gave his own campaign more than $50,000 plus more than $1,000 in additional in-kind contributions during 2014, according to a report filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. His latest report was not yet available online. Blakemore enters the final weeks of primary campaigning with more than $238,000 in cash-on-hand, according to his campaign.

Beginning 2015 with more than 300 donations from some of the biggest Democratic donors in the state, the campaign for Blakemore says he has more than doubled that number in this reporting period with more than 1,000 individual campaign contributors in the cycle.

In a statement, Blakemore said he was “grateful for this tremendous show of support from individuals across the Commonwealth.”

“Kentuckians are demanding a Treasurer who will be a watchdog and an advocate for them when it comes to balancing the checkbook, improving efficiency and advocating for their interests,” Blakemore said.

The closest campaign cash contender is Rep. Jim Glenn of Owensboro, who raised $70,751 from Jan. 1 to April 17, according to a report filed with the registry. Glenn’s totals are bolstered by more than $68,000 in donations from his own pocket. Glenn enters the final weeks of the primary with just under $60,000 in cash on hand.

Attorney General Jack Conway, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, donated $1,000 to several of the Democratic campaigns, including Glenn’s, after news broke of a previous $1,000 donation made by Conway to Blakemore in December of 2014.

Another of the $1,000 Conway donations was former Rep. Richard Henderson of Mt. Sterling, who has raised $4,035 in donations since his entrance into the race in mid-January, according to a report filed with the registry. Henderson has $1,221 in cash-on-hand, according to his report.

Rep. Rick Nelson raised $2,500 in the reporting period, though $1,250 came from his own pocket. A report filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance shows a $1,200 donation from Boilermakers Local 40 in Elizabethtown. The Union of Operating Engineers donated $250 to Blakemore’s campaign. Notably absent from the donor list is Jack Conway.

Nelson has $104 in cash-on-hand.

Louisville realtor and president of the Louisville Young Democrats Daniel Grossberg raised $22,000 so-far in the campaign, according to his campaign manager J.R. Conway.

Grossberg donated or loaned $12,000 of his own money into the campaign, Conway said, and the campaign has around $8,000 in cash-on-hand. The campaign expects to raise another $10,000 to $12,000 in the final weeks of the race.

However, one of the donors noticeably absent from Grossberg’s list is Conway, who has donated to Blakemore, Glenn and Henderson in the race.

Republican Allison Ball leading GOP field in fundraising

On the Republican side, Prestonsburg lawyer and Republican activist Allison Ball is leading the three-person GOP field in fundraising.

Ball raised more than $23,000 from January 1 through April 17, according to her 32-day pre-primary report filed with KREF. The boost brings her to $43,326 raised since jumping in the race in June of 2014.

Ball has $31,504 in cash-on-hand according to her report.

Largely bouyed by more than $5,000 of his own money, Lexington attorney Jon Larson, who is running on a platform of abolishing the office, has raised $6,450 for his campaign, according to his 32-day report filed with the registry.

Larson enters the last month of the campaign with a little more than $6,000 in the bank.

A report for the third GOP candidate for state treasurer, Rep. Kenny Imes of Murray, was not available online.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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