FRANKFORT — U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler and Republican challenger Andy Barr each raised nearly $400,000 for their congressional campaigns in the second quarter, according to the campaigns.
The Democratic incumbent has raised more than $1.5 million in his bid for re-election to Central Kentucky's 6th Congressional District, gathering $397,614 during the second quarter. Barr has raised a little more than $1 million, taking in $392,244 during the April to June quarter.
Chandler's campaign reported having $1.3 million left in the bank. Barr, who narrowly lost to Chandler in 2010, had more than $758,000 left as of June 30.
Pat Melton, campaign manager for Barr, said U.S. House Speaker John Boehner held a fund-raiser Saturday at Three Chimneys Farm for Barr. That event netted $180,000, which will be reported in third-quarter campaign finance reports, Melton said.
Melton said Barr's campaign has outpaced its 2010 fund-raising, which shows broad support for the former staffer to Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
"Having exceeded the $1 million mark and having more than doubled our cash-on-hand at this time in 2010, it is clear that the people of the 6th District have had more than enough of the Obama-Chandler economy," he said.
Chandler's campaign noted that his campaign raised more money than it ever has before in the second quarter of a year.
"Congressman Chandler is well positioned for a victory on Nov. 6," said Eric Nagy, Chandler's campaign manager.
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