Richards raises another $80,000 for governor's race

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jody Richards raised $80,000 between April 25 and May 11 for his primary election campaign, according to a fundraising report filed Monday.

Since entering the race, Richards, the current speaker of the House, has raised $595,000 and has spent $487,000, according to the report filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

The report showed Richards had $108,000 on hand.

As of Monday morning, Richards was one of three candidates who had filed the report. Candidates had until the end of the day to file their reports.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Billy Harper, who filed the report on Friday, has lent his campaign another $325,000. With financial contributions from supporters, Harper took in $347,445 between April 20 and May 6. He spent nearly $520,000 over the period.

Since entering the race, Harper has raised nearly $5.4 million, primarily in loans to his campaign, and spent more than $5.1 million.

His latest report showed that he has $278,435 on hand.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith also filed a fundraising report with the state agency on Friday, showing he raised $4,360 between April 21 and May 7. He spent $2,986 over the period, leaving him with $2,148 in the bank. Since entering the race, he has raised $22,000 and spent $20,000.

Nine candidates are running in the May 22 primary - six Democrats and three Republicans.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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