U.S. Reps. Rogers and Chandler raise most in KY for 3rd Quarter

10/17/2011 07:43 AM

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, the Republican House Appropriations Chairman, raised the most money of any Kentucky congressman during the 3rd quarter, pulling in more than $222,000 mostly from political action committees and CEOs from across the country.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler of Versailles, also cracked the $200,000 barrier with a strong fundraising quarter thanks largely to contributions from Louisville donors.

Rogers, unlike Chandler, hasn’t had a tough re-election fight in decades. The last time Rogers drew a Democrat with any base of support was state Sen. Walter Blevins in 1994 and Rogers still won with 80 percent of the vote.

Chandler, meanwhile, squeaked by with the narrowest of margins in 2010 over Republican Andy Barr, who is gearing up for a rematch in 2012. Both Chandler and Barr raised six figures between July 1 and Sept. 30, but Chandler raised $100,000 more and has more than twice as much on hand as Barr does.

Kentucky’s six congressmen and one challenger — Barr — reported their campaign fundraising reports to the Federal Election Commission by the end of last week.

Incumbent 3rd Quarter fundraising:
……………………………….$ Raised ……………… $ On Hand

  • Hal Rogers (R ) 5th …….. $222,291 …………… $1,086,347
  • Ben Chandler (D) 6th …..$217,524 …………… $734,851
  • Brett Guthrie (R ) 2nd …. $168,331 …………… $626,922
  • John Yarmuth (D) 3rd …. $161,729 ………….. $316,331
  • Ed Whitfield (R ) 1st ……. $146,900 …………… $1,401,141
  • Geoff Davis (R ) 4th ……..$94,651 …………….. $598,281

Challenger 3rd Quarter fundraising:

  • Andy Barr, Repub., 6th Dist. $118,046 ……………$293,702

Other highlights:

*1st District *U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Republican who has represented the 1st District in Western Kentucky since 1995, has the most money on hand of any Kentucky congressional candidate.

Whitfield, who chairs the subcommittee on energy and power, continues to raise money from the political action committees of energy firms and their employees, as he did in the 2nd quarter and the 1st quarter. .

This time, Whitifield collected $28,500 from energy PACs, including Constellation Energy PAC to Exelon Energy to Ashland Inc. PAC and Marathon Oil Inc. PAC.

2nd District Separate from his regular campaign fund, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie’s leadership committee, BrettPAC, donated $2,000 to the Republican gubernatorial slate of David Williams and Richie Farmer and wrote $1,000 checks to three other GOP candidates: Todd P’Pool for attorney general, James Comer for agriculture commissioner and K.C. Crosbie for treasurer.

Not getting BrettPAC donations were Republican secretary of state candidate Bill Johnson and auditor candidate John Kemper.

(BrettPAC raised about $10,000 last quarter has roughly $3,800 on hand.)

3rd District Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth announced in last month on Pure Politics he would seek a fourth term. He picked up the pace of fundraising.

So far, one Republican has announced his intent to run for the 3rd District nomination. Earlier this month, financial adviser Brooks Wicker said he would run. He has not filed a campaign finance report with the Federal Election Commission.

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