Yarmuth has double the cash on hand of Republican Lally in 3rd District race

10/17/2010 08:28 PM

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville has amassed a more than 2-to-1 cash advantage over his Republican challenger, Todd Lally, heading into the final weeks of the campaign, according to campaign finance reports published Friday.

Yarmuth has $662,412 on hand, while Lally has $317,474 left in the bank. But Yarmuth out-raised Lally by only about $70,000 during the latest cycle, which was between July 1 and Sept. 9.

The race is considered one to watch by various political websites, including CNN.com, but isn’t listed among the most likely potential pick-ups for Republicans. The latest cn|2 poll for the race, taken Sept. 20-21, shows Yarmuth with a 23 point lead.

During the last reporting period, several prominent businessmen in Kentucky have written checks to Lally’s campaign. And Lally’s campaign also received a $5,000 boost from the political action committee of Ohio Rep. John Boehner, the House Republican leader from who headlined a fund-raiser for Lally after the primary.

But Lally’s report is filled with blank lines where addresses, employer and occupation information is usually placed. The information of some note-worthy businessmen are left blank or left with “information requested” filled in, despite being well-known public figures.

Some notable donations for Lally during the latest reporting period:

  • $1,000 from Ed Gould, President of Gould Discount Medical Solutions
  • $500 from Richard Swope, Sam Swope Auto Group
  • $2,400 from Richard Corman, R.J. Corman Railroad Construction
  • $250 from State Sen. Dan Seum
  • $250 from State Rep. Ron Crimm
  • $1,000 from Kentucky banker Terry Forcht
  • $1,000 from Matthew Thorton, CEO of Thorton Oil
  • $2,400 from Bill Usher, Jr., Usher Transportation
  • $1,000 from Iraq Veterans for Congress PAC
  • $500 from Kentucky Right to Life PAC
  • $5,000 from the Freedom Project, U.S. Rep. John Boehner’s PAC.

Yarmuth’s campaign saw a lot of support from upper level management at General Electric, which recently announced the start of new production lines that were brought back from production in China to the GE plant in Louisville.

In a campaign appearance with current Vice President Joe Biden, Yarmuth was given large credit for securing stimulus funds to help bring the production lines back to Louisville.  Yarmuth also received a second donation from the United Parcel Service’s PAC during the October reporting period.

Some notable donations for Yarmuth during the last period:

  • $500 from Edith S. Bingham
  • $1,000 from Karen Campbell, CEO of General Electric
  • $2,400 from Philip J. Lynch, Vice President at Brown-Forman
  • $2,500 from the United Parcel Service PAC
  • $1,000 from Rod Auerbach, Owner, Rainbow Blossom
  • $250 from Shirley L. Jones, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kentucky
  • $500 from Kenneth Alan Lewis, Owner, Liquor Outlet
  • $1,500 from the Sierra Club PAC
  • $500 from Steven Trager, CEO and Chairman of Republic Bank and Trust
  • $1,000 from the General Electric PAC

The report also highlights some interesting expenditures from both campaigns. Lally’s campaign has spent $17,500 on ads to be placed on various TARC buses that travel across Louisville. Yarmuth, on the other hand, has given $50,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Two other candidates in the 3rd District race, Libertarian Ed Martin and independent Michael Hansen, have not raised enough money to file reports.

-Reporting by Kenny Colston


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