By John Cheves – email@example.com
Garland “Andy” Barr, the Republican candidate in Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District, on Wednesday reported raising $382,072 during the second quarter of 2010, which ended June 30.
In a statement, Barr said it was his best fund-raising quarter so far. He is challenging U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, in the Nov. 2 election.
“People across the Sixth District are clearly responding to my message of cutting wasteful government spending and job creation,” said Barr, a Lexington lawyer and former aide to Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
Barr said his campaign has raised $811,000 overall. His last campaign-finance report, before the May primary, showed that he spent at least $213,755 of that while competing with five other Republican hopefuls for the GOP nomination.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has designated Barr as one of its “Young Guns,” worthy of its independent support, and the 6th District as a possible pick-up for the Republican Party in the fall elections. Chandler has held the seat since 2004.
Chandler’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request Wednesday for its own second-quarter 2010 fund-raising total. As of its last report, April 28, the Chandler campaign had raised $750,140 this election cycle but was sitting on an accumulated campaign war chest of nearly $1.7 million, including money raised in previous years.