Records from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance show that Democrat Adam Edelen hauled in the most campaign contributions of all candidates for governor since the beginning of the year with the help of a $1.48 million loan from his running mate, Louisville businessman Gill Holland.
Edelen, who announced his run in January, raised a total of $2.35 million, which included roughly $870,000 in funds that didn’t come from Holland. His campaign spent $1.8 million since the beginning of the year and has $533,000 cash on hand.
Democratic House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins pulled in the second-highest total this year among candidates for governor with $885,407, spending $646,646 in that time period. With funds left over from his fundraising last year, Adkins has 819,412 cash on hand.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin raised just shy of $814,000 this year in his re-election effort, and unlike his first run for governor in 2015 that was largely self-funded with $4 million, he only contributed a $2,000 check to himself. Bevin’s campaign spent $98,877 and has $715,039 cash on hand.
Bevin’s Republican challenger, Robert Goforth, pulled in $765,932, but that almost entirely consisted of $750,000 that Goforth contributed to himself. His campaign spent $262,554 and has $503,377 cash on hand.
Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear raised $728,622 since the beginning of the year, amounting to roughly $1.9 million since he announced his run for governor last summer. His campaign has spent $1 million this year and has $574,276 cash on hand.
Another major player in the race for governor is the Kentuckians for a Better Future PAC, which is unaffiliated with the Edelen campaign but running TV and radio ads in his favor. The group raised $641,000 this year, with the bulk of that — $500,000 — coming from philanthropist Christy Brown, the mother of Gill Holland’s wife. The group also received $41,000 from Steve Wilson, the former CEO of 21c Museum Hotels, and $100,000 from Gainsway Farms owner Antony Beck.
The primary election is on May 21.
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