LOUISVILLE — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bobbie Holsclaw has filed a financial report showing she raised $22,774 between Jan. 25 and April 15.
Holsclaw, the last of three candidates to enter the GOP primary race, filed the report Tuesday with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is running unopposed for his party's nomination, reported $1.27 million in contributions for the three-month period, bringing his fund-raising total to $4.8 million.
The disclosure shows that Holsclaw, who faces state Senate President David Williams and Louisville businessman Phil Moffett, doesn't have nearly enough to mount an effective TV advertising campaign before the May 17 primary.
Williams is expected to report more than $1 million in contributions and Moffett less than $100,000 in documents that are due by Wednesday evening.
Holsclaw said Tuesday that she will have enough money to get her message out to the public, despite being outgunned by her opponents.
"I have been the underdog before and I've done it before," Holsclaw said, referring to her first run for Jefferson County clerk in 1998 against a well-known Democratic opponent.
At a campaign event on Tuesday in Louisville, Holsclaw unveiled her political platform, which includes allowing voters to decide whether there should be casino-style gambling at the state's horse racetracks.
Holsclaw also said she supports reforming the state's tax code by replacing the income tax with consumption-based taxes, but she would not support an overall tax increase.. The state's small businesses have too many regulations and too many taxes, she said.
"The tax code is taxing them right out of business," Holsclaw said.
The Jefferson County Clerk and soon-to-be grandmother of nine also said she supports charter schools and expanding Internet-based learning.
Holsclaw said she supports nuclear power and would like to see Kentucky expand its energy options at the same time as it supports the coal industry.