Williams-Farmer tickets raises $500,000+ in two weeks of fundraising

11/18/2010 04:05 PM

The Republican gubernatorial ticket of Senate President David Williams and Agricultural Commissioner Richie Farmer raised more than half a million dollars in their first two weeks of fund-raising, the ticket’s campaign manager told cn|2 Politics.

That fund-raising blitz was capped off by an event in Lexington last night, said Williams-Farmer campaign manager Scott Jennings.

The campaign received $500,000 between the Nov. 2 election and the Wednesday evening event at Donnamire Farm, the home of developers Don and Mira Ball. The total list of donors includes people who mailed in donations in lieu of attending the event, Jennings said.

Jennings didn’t have numbers for the actual fundraising haul from just the Wednesday event. But he did say that the event was “jammed” with more than 400 people and that they “couldn’t have fit another person” in the room.

As originally reported by Jake Payne at pageonekentucky.com
, the event’s co-hosts, which carried a $1,000 donation minimum, included regular Republican donors such as bankers Terry and Marion Forcht and coal executive Joe Craft.

The Republican ticket had been avoiding publicly fund-raising for their 2011 governor’s run before the Nov. 2 elections, as they announced during their news conference declaring their candidacy as a ticket.

Williams and Farmer face the ticket of Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and state Rep. Mike Harmon of Boyle County in the May 2011 Republican primary.

- Kenny Colston

Correction: An earlier version of the post incorrectly stated that the $500,000 came from 400 donors. The $500,000 was the total amount raised over all. And the more than 400 people were just those who attended Wednesday night’s fundraiser.


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