Even after what the Williams-Farmer campaign characterizes as perhaps the largest Kentucky GOP gubernatorial fundraiser in history, it appears that the campaign of Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear has roughly three times as much campaign cash.
The June 16 fundraiser in Lexington, headlined by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, raised more than $700,000 for statewide GOP candidates. Barbour is the former chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA).
"A large, enthusiastic crowd came to support our ticket, the entire slate, and heard Gov. Barbour deliver a wonderful message about the need to take bold action to get our state back on track. This is going to be a well-funded, aggressive campaign to fix Kentucky's economy and protect our conservative values." - David Williams
The Courier-Journal's Tom Loftus reports on the money raised for the primary campaigns:
Beshear/Abramson - $4,876,174
Williams/Farmer - $1,369,860
“We are well on our way to raising the resources necessary to run a full blown media, grassroots, and policy-oriented campaign for governor" -- Williams campaign manager Luke Marchant
Statement by Beshear-Abramson Campaign Manager Bill Hyers on Fundraising:
“Today the Beshear-Abramson filed its 30-day post primary campaign finance report. In addition to this required filing, the details of which are attached, I am pleased to announce that the campaign has raised over $1.5 million since the primary for the general election. Kentuckians from every corner of the Commonwealth have shown support for Governor Beshear’s efforts to create the smallest state government in a generation, fight broad-based tax increases and create and save jobs around the state.”
Comments from Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R):
"I'm here because Republican leaders across the country know David Williams can and will beat Steve Beshear in November. If you want to fix Kentucky's economy and send a message that you have had enough of the Obama/Beshear agenda, vote Williams, Farmer & the entire Republican ticket this November."
"In David Williams and Richie Farmer, Republicans have a very strong ticket in Kentucky, and I was glad to have a chance to campaign with them. The RGA sees the issue environment in Kentucky as very favorable for GOP victory."