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Williams and Beshear raise big bucks in governor’s race; Moffett lags behind

January 05, 2011 | | Comments 10
Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville

Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville

UPDATED AT 4:10 P.M.

By Jack Brammer – jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT — Senate President David Williams’ campaign for governor raised $647,021.39 during the last quarter of 2010, bringing his total fund-raising to more than $753,196, his campaign said Wednesday.

His opponent for the Republican nomination in May’s primary election, Louisville businessman Phil Moffett, reported raising about $53,000, according to campaign manager David Adams. However, Adams couldn’t say whether that total was for the last quarter of 2010 or the entire year.

Meanwhile, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear reported raising more than $450,000 in the last three months of 2010 for his re-election campaign. Beshear and his running mate, former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, have raised more than $3.5 million for their campaign and reported having more than $2.6 million on hand at the end of the year.

The large discrepancy between Williams’ and Moffett’s amounts prompted state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, who supports Williams, to suggest that Moffett reconsider his bid for governor.

Adams dismissed such talk. He said Williams is Kentucky’s Martha Coakley, referring to the Massachusetts’ attorney general who lost a race last year for the U.S. Senate in that state against Republican Scott Brown.

“Months before her election loss, Coakley had all the establishment money and the conventional wisdom, too. As the Tea Party tunes in to this race, David Williams won’t be able to spend enough money to hide the truth about his record.”

In a news release, Williams and his running mate Richie Farmer, the state’s agriculture commissioner, said their fund-raising proves the strength of their ticket “as Republicans nationally look to defeat the only Democrat incumbent governor on the ballot in 2011.”

Williams’ campaign statement dismissed comparisons of the Republican gubernatorial primary to other campaigns, particularly the 2010 U.S. Senate primary in Kentucky between Rand Paul and Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

“Though we aren’t privy to the reports of other gubernatorial campaigns, our anticipation is that the Williams-Farmer ticket has far outpaced its primary opponent leaving no question that they have failed to live up to their own promises to recreate the trajectory that Paul enjoyed against Grayson,” the statement said.

The Williams-Farmer campaign is outpacing other non-incumbent gubernatorial campaigns during comparable periods, the campaign said.

It noted that at the same time in 2003, Republican Ernie Fletcher had raised $509,360. During the same year, Democrat Ben Chandler had raised $268,500. In 2007, Beshear reported raising $219,019 before Jan. 1.

The Williams-Farmer campaign reported raising more than 1,000 donations and at least one contribution from all 120 counties. The limit for a contribution to a gubernatorial campaign is $1,000.

Williams and Farmer launched their campaign last September but put fund-raising on hold and solicited no contributions until after the November election.

The campaign received a $100,000 loan from Williams when it launched last September and a handful of unsolicited donations prior to November. It raised more than $500,000 at a fund-raiser in November at Donamire Farm in Fayette County.

Matt Osborne, finance director for the Beshear-Abramson campaign, said he was “pleased” with the governor’s fund-raising. He noted that the campaign has had nearly 5,600 donors from all 120 Kentucky counties.

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  1. tafugate says:

    this is going to be another one of those years voters just try to minimize the damage politicians do. if kentucky doesn’t have the worst politicians in the country, we’re close to it. beshear is no prize, but we already have mcconnell, rogers, and paul. trading beshear for williams would be a catastrophe.

  2. Buck Feshear says:

    I’m proud to say I did my part. Just before the end of December, I maxed out to Williams-Farmer for the primary. If my finances hold, I intend to max out to them again for the general election.

  3. KyShark says:

    If Kentuckians want to know what a Williams administration would look like, just read one of our own’s work – All the King’s Men – and then remove any concern for the people. Williams is even starting to look like Huey Long… I mean, Willie Stark.

  4. TomThumb says:

    If Moffett can’t raise money, he should bow-out, with or without his campaign manager’s ego.

  5. Steven says:

    Beshear is probably going to get re erected no matter who wins the Republican primary. I can not stand him or any Democrat for that matter. But bottom line is more people are on welfare or some type of government handout program than work in Kentucky. They will vote for their Democrat handout buddies. It is hard to win a state election in Ky with out having some type of program that takes money from the workers and gives it to non producers.

  6. Tammy Caudill says:

    I love steve beshear. he helps the little people

  7. dixxiecrat says:

    The folks I know that receive welfare, food stamps and ssi are republicans. They are also the ones with rotten teeth due to meth use.

  8. prk says:

    For those of you dumb enough to donate to Williams, I’ve got a better idea for those hard earned (or not) bucks:
    -cash that check into loose bills
    -stack them in a pile
    -apply lighter fluid
    -light and enjoy watching your money disappear in what will remain one of the worst decisions you could make as a human being

    David Williams is as fit for leadership as a Burkesville meth-head.

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