Democrat leads in fundraising for Lexington Kentucky Senate seat

jbrammer@herald-leader.comNovember 15, 2013 

FRANKFORT — Democrat Reginald Thomas holds a lead over his two opponents in raising funds for the Dec. 10 special election in Lexington to succeed Kathy Stein in the Kentucky Senate.

Thomas, an attorney and professor at Kentucky State University, reported in papers filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance that his campaign has raised $82,121.

Independent candidate Richard Moloney, a former Lexington council member and official, reported receipts of $52,355, while Republican Michael Johnson, a minister, took in $2,540.

Gov. Steve Beshear called the special election in the heavily Democratic 13th Senate District shortly after he appointed Stein, a Democrat, to a Fayette Circuit Court judgeship Oct. 14. The district covers downtown Lexington and the University of Kentucky.

The winner will serve the remainder of Stein's term, which runs through the end of 2016.

State lawmakers altered the boundaries of the 13th Senate District during a special legislative session in August, but it remains more than 2-to-1 Democratic.

All three candidates in the special election were Democrats earlier this year but Moloney and Johnson changed their party registration to run in the race. Here's a closer look at each candidate's 32-day, pre-election campaign finance report.

Thomas

Thomas' campaign finance report showed $45,000 in receipts from Democratic groups. The campaign reported spending $2,037, with about $80,000 on hand. It showed no debts.

The Senate Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee gave him $10,000 and the Kentucky Democratic Party contributed $35,000.

The party also helped the campaign financially in other ways. For example, it provided $11,500 for polling and $200 for his filing fee.

The Kentucky Attorney's Political Action Trust of Louisville contributed $1,000, and the Kentucky Water PAC of Lexington gave $200.

Thomas contributed $3,200 to his campaign. Other contributors included $1,000 from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky President Wilbert James of Lexington; $1,000 from Washington investor George Haywood; $150 from former Lexington Mayor Pam Miller; $1,000 from State Farm insurance agent Debra Hensley; $250 from education consultant Elisabeth Jensen of Lexington; and $1,000 from Louisville attorney Joseph Satterly.

Moloney

Moloney has spent $22,924 of the $52,355 he collected, and reported a balance of $29,431. He had $18,000 in debts from a personal loan to his campaign and gave $1,000 to the campaign.

Moloney received $1,000 from political action committee of Homebuilders Association of Lexington.

His contributors included $1,000 from former University of Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall of Lexington; $1,000 from road contractor Leonard Lawson of Lexington; $1,000 from RJ Corman executive Fred Mudge; $250 from Lexington businessman Warren Rosenthal; $1,000 from Lexington businessman Roger Alsip; $1,000 each from Don and Mira Ball of Donamire Farm in Fayette County; $1,000 from Corbin businessman Terry Forcht; $1,000 from D. Ray Ball, president of Ball Homes; and $500 from former Lexington Mayor Scotty Baesler.

Johnson

Johnson reported $2,413 on hand. He had spent about $127.

His contributors included $200 from Lexington home builder John T. Kemper III; $500 from Women Republicans of Central Kentucky; $250 from Carol Rogers of Lexington; and $500 from Fayette County Republican Women's Club.

Jack Brammer: (859) 231-1302. Twitter: @BGPolitics. Blog: bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com

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