FRANKFORT — At least four candidates have raised more than $1 million in this year's race for governor of Kentucky.
Campaign finance reports filed Wednesday with the state Registry of Election Finance show two Republican candidates for the office and the presumed Democratic nominee for the job all having raised more than $1 million each for their campaign coffers.
Louisville businessman Hal Heiner reported for the May 19 primary election receipts this year of $278,101 and nearly $4.9 million since he entered the race last year.
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Heiner's campaign reported that it has spent about $3.87 million and has a balance of slightly more than $1 million.
Heiner campaign spokesman Doug Alexander said the candidate has not provided a personal loan to the campaign this year. Heiner put in $4.2 million of his own money last year into his campaign.
Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, one of four Republicans running for governor, continued his habit of digging deep into his own pockets to finance his campaigns.
Since announcing his run for governor just before the January filing deadline, Bevin has raised about $1.32 million, but $1.25 million of that is a personal loan. He already has spent more than $1 million in this year's run, much of that on TV ads.
Last year, Bevin raised $5.3 million in his failed attempt to defeat U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. A personal loan from Bevin of $1.6 million was included in that amount.
GOP gubernatorial candidate James Comer, the state's agriculture commissioner since 2011, reported raising more than $1 million this year and more than $2 million since announcing his candidacy last year.
Comer reported a campaign debt of $100,000 and slightly more than $1 million on hand.
Comer said he was thrilled by the amount his campaign has raised.
"I'm pretty proud of that," Comer said. "We've worked hard to raise that much money."
As of early Wednesday evening, the state Registry of Election Finance had not received campaign finance reports for one other Republican candidate for governor: former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott of Pikeville.
Scott told the Herald-Leader last week that his campaign had raised about $100,000.
Attorney General Jack Conway, the likely Democratic nominee, announced late Wednesday afternoon that his campaign had raised $872,347 this year.
All told, Conway has raised almost $2.2 million since entering the race just less than a year ago. A campaign spokesman said the campaign has a little more than $1.4 million in cash on hand.
Conway said in a statement that the campaign has received more than 4,000 contributions, which "will allow us to start the general election in the strongest position possible, ensure that every Kentuckian knows our plan to move this state forward, and secure a victory in November."