Democrat Reginald Thomas holds fundraising edge in state Senate race

jbrammer@herald-leader.comDecember 3, 2013 

FRANKFORT — Democrat Reginald Thomas leads his two opponents in campaign funds for next Tuesday's special election in Lexington to succeed Kathy Stein in the state Senate.

Campaign finance reports filed this week with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance show Thomas, an attorney and Kentucky State University professor, has received $122,401 for the election so far and has $67,999 on hand.

Independent Richard Moloney, a former Lexington council member and city official, has raised $74,430 and has a balance of $31,777.

Campaign receipts for Republican Michael Johnson, a minister, totaled $6,233, with $5,342 on hand.

The latest reports include details through Nov. 25, which is 15 days before the Dec. 10 election. They are the last to be filed before the election.

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 on Oct. 14. The district primarily 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.

None of the candidates provided any immediate comment Tuesday about their latest campaign finance reports.

Here's a closer look at each candidate's 15-day, pre-election campaign finance report.

Reginald Thomas

Thomas raised $40,280 in the Nov. 9-25 reporting period, including $4,000 from political action committees. He spent $52,363.

The campaign has a debt of $1,222. Of that, $895 was owed to Scout Communications of Stockbridge, Ga., for ad production and $327 was owed to Thomas for food and beverages for fundraisers.

PAC contributions included $1,000 each from Kentucky State UAW, KEPAC and Kentucky Laborers' District Council. Giving $500 each were United Food and Commercial Workers and KY-PAC of Lexington.

Holding fundraisers for Thomas were Donna Moore of Lexington, former Supreme Court Justice James E. Keller of Lexington, state Sen. Gerald Neal of Louisville, Fayette County Young Democrats, and several Frankfort politicians, including state Auditor Adam Edelen, former Auditor Crit Luallen, state Sen. Julian Carroll, Franklin County Judge-Executive Ted Collins and state Rep. Derrick Graham.

Richard Moloney

Moloney raised $22,075 for the period, including $3,500 from PACs. He spent $19,728 and reported no debts.

PACs giving $1,000 each were International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Alliance Coal and Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities. Teamsters Local 651 of Lexington contributed $500.

Michael Johnson

Johnson raised $3,693 for the period and spent $763. He had no debt.

The Republican Party of Fayette County provided $500. Disbursements included $518 to Johnson for travel mileage.

Fundraisers for Johnson were held by Mike Warner of Lexington, Dr. Clifton Smith of Lexington and Katherine Chase of Lexington.

Jack Brammer: (502) 227-1198. Twitter: @BGPolitics. Blog: bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com

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