Beshear banks $2.6 million for re-election bid

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear has banked more than $600,000 over the past three months for next year's re-election campaign, raising his total contributions thus far to $2.6 million.

Beshear filed documents Tuesday with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance in Frankfort showing he and running mate Jerry Abramson had raised more than $666,384 in the second quarter of 2010.

University of Louisville political scientist Dewey Clayton said Beshear's bank account will likely discourage some potential challengers.

"That's definitely going to put everybody on notice that he's got a formidable team here," Clayton said.

Beshear spent $9.7 million in his 2007 race.

The Democratic governor announced last year that he would seek re-election with Abramson, a longtime mayor in Louisville, the state's largest city. Beshear had to find a new running mate after Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo dropped off the ticket to run for U.S. Senate, a race he lost.

Matt Osborne, head of finances for the Beshear campaign, said in a statement that nearly 4,000 people contributed to the campaign.

"The large number of Beshear-Abramson donors shows that citizens from around the commonwealth continue to respond to their leadership through these tough times," Osborne said.

Only one minor Democrat - demolition contractor Otis Hensley of Harlan - has announced his intent to run in the primary against Beshear.

And independent gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith, a Lexington attorney, has committed to run. Galbraith reported Tuesday that he has raised $85,000 for his campaign so far. He reported having a little more than $4,000 on hand after expenses.

Republicans considering entering the race include Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, western Kentucky businessman Bill Johnson, and Senate President David Williams.

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  • by Jack C. on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:21 AM
    I'm registered independent. So I have this to say! What does the Democratic party stand for now? 1. Abortion 2. Same sex marriage 3. No God 4. Racketeering and vote buying What about the Republicans? Just leave out 1 and 3.
  • by Knott Resident on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:16 AM
    Ten million put back won't help him. His continuing bid for gambling has offended more voters than anything. Most of us know how much is in the state budget and what it is being used for. There should have been more respect and honesty toward Kentucky residents on this issue. Again, everything said and done was based on getting the Cinnci Mafia casinos in Kentucky. Instead of playing with our tax money why didn't he just say these people helped me get elected and I owe them some gambling brothels. At least he would have got some backing. How many of you know the story of Thunder Ridge?
  • by not my vote Location: louisville on Jul 7, 2010 at 08:23 AM
    I will not vote for him. He has not stopped state government from hiring double dippers, brought jobs to KY, and the list goes on and on.
  • by Chris Location: Avon on Jul 7, 2010 at 08:04 AM
    Stevie,Stevie, are going to be embarassed beyond words after this election. Vote Gatewood and vote against ALL DEMOCRATS!
  • by cls Location: same poor house on Jul 7, 2010 at 07:26 AM
    The economy is in shambles..he claims KY is in this "terrible budget crisis"..all the while he can collect 2.6 million dollars..what the heck is this world coming too???..and HE WILL NOT get my vote..
  • by ME Location: PKE on Jul 7, 2010 at 06:46 AM
  • by Jack Location: Harlan poor house on Jul 7, 2010 at 05:08 AM
    this is one election steve and his fellow democrats who support abortion, same sex marriage, and throwing God out of everything will have to have more that that to buy this election.
  • by Joey Location: Knott Co on Jul 6, 2010 at 09:50 PM
    I am a state worker and I can promise you Steve you will NOT be getting my vote..VOTE FARMER!!!


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