LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Democrat Bruce Lunsford dug deeper into
his personal fortune to put $2.5 million into his Senate campaign -
enough to keep up with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell
during the past three months for a fall campaign awash in cash.
McConnell held a sizable cash-on-hand lead over Lunsford at the
end of the April-through-June quarter. But that advantage could
evaporate with another stroke of the pen by Lunsford, a Louisville
businessman who spent about $14 million of his own money in failed
campaigns for Kentucky's governorship in 2003 and 2007. Lunsford
injected more than $500,000 of his money into his Senate campaign
during the first quarter.
"As in campaigns past, Bruce Lunsford's biggest fan is Bruce
Lunsford," McConnell campaign manager Justin Brasell said Monday
of Lunsford's latest investment.
Lunsford campaign spokeswoman Allison Haley said Lunsford's
self-contribution would make him an "independent voice" unlike
"The senator is swimming in special interest cash," Haley
said, noting that McConnell has taken hundreds of thousands in
contributions from oil and insurance companies, as well as other
special interests looking for favorable votes.
Boosted largely by his personal investment, Lunsford took in
nearly $3.1 million during the just-ended quarter, Lunsford's
campaign said Monday. During the period, Lunsford won a crowded
Democratic primary in late May and then set his sights solely on
McConnell, the top-ranking Senate Republican seeking a fifth term.