FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has topped
$10 million in contributions for his re-election campaign, and
still has more than enough in the bank to keep TV ads running
around the clock through Nov. 8.
A report filed Tuesday with the Kentucky Registry of Election
Finance shows that he banked another $517,000 over the past two
weeks. His Republican challenger, state Senate President David
Williams, hasn't yet reported his October fundraising total.
Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith filed a report showing
he raised just more than $3,500 during the roughly two-week period.
Previous reports have shown money flooding into Beshear's
campaign, while Williams and Galbraith have struggled to raise cash
in what has become a lopsided fundraising contest.
Some outside groups, funded largely by Williams' father-in-law,
have run TV ads promoting the GOP challenger over Beshear.
Galbraith has had no such help.
Polls showing Beshear with a 30 percentage point lead over his
nearest competitor have helped bolster fundraising. Campaign
manager Bill Hyers said some 1,100 people contributed to Beshear
between Oct. 8 and Oct. 24.
"The continued outpouring of support from citizens from across
the commonwealth is truly gratifying," Hyers said in a statement
Tuesday. "While our opponent relies on his father-in-law to
support his campaign through misleading and false television
advertisements, we are pleased to have the support of hard-working
Kentuckians who support Gov. Beshear's efforts to create jobs in
every corner of the state."
The latest report showed the Beshear campaign has spent more
than $1 million over the past two weeks, but still has nearly
$600,000 in the bank.
The Williams campaign didn't have an immediate comment. But
Galbraith offered sharp criticism, charging that Beshear doesn't
have a record worthy of a second term.
"They can't justify his re-election, so they're going to have
to buy it," Galbraith said. "It really doesn't make any
difference how much money Steve Beshear raises if the citizen's
vote is not for sale."
Williams, the long-time state Senate president, reported earlier
this month that he had raised $1 million for his campaign since
May, and Galbraith, a Lexington attorney, had collected $166,000.
Some outside Republican political groups funded largely by
Williams' father-in-law, Russell Springs businessman Terry
Stephens, have gotten involved by spending more than $2 million to
run attack ads against Beshear. Stephens gave nearly $1.4 million
to Restoring America, a Republican political group. Earlier in the
year, he gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association,
which ran ads supporting Williams over Beshear.
All of Kentucky's candidates for statewide office have to file
period financial disclosure reports, as do political groups that
raise and spend money in the state.
Beshear campaign: http://www.stevebeshear.com/
Galbraith campaign: http://www.gatewood.com/site/
Williams campaign: http://williamsfarmer.com/
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