FRANKFORT — Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott of Pike ville is lagging far behind the other three Republican candidates for governor in raising campaign funds.
Scott's campaign finance report, filed late Wednesday with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, showed he has raised $195,330 since the first of the year, but $137,000 of that came from a personal loan to the campaign.
Campaign finance reports filed earlier Wednesday for the three other candidates for governor in the May 19 Republican primary election showed each has raised more than $1 million. Scott faces Louisville businessmen Hal Heiner and Matt Bevin and state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer of Tompkinsville.
Heiner put in $4.2 million of his own money into his campaign last year, and Bevin has provided his campaign with a $1.25 million personal loan. Comer reported a campaign debt of $100,000 and slightly more than $1 million on hand.
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Scott's report showed his campaign has spent $83,153, including $18,836 to reimburse him for campaign expenses.
His campaign showed a balance of $112,176.
Scott said he knows he's running against millionaires, but he's "the lunchpail candidate the people will support."