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Mongiardo raises $429,552 in race for U.S. Senate seat

FRANKFORT — Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo has raised $429,552 in his race for the U.S. Senate since he started collecting money Feb. 17 and none of it came from his pocketbook.

In a report filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission, Mongiardo reported having $388,500 on hand for the 2010 race.

Mongiardo is one of two major Democratic candidates trying to get their party's nod to run against Republican incumbent Jim Bunning.

Attorney General Jack Conway announced last week that he, too, will be a Democratic candidate for the seat. He did not raise funds in the first three months of the year.

Bunning spokesman Mike Reynard said Bunning's campaign would file its report Wednesday, but he did not know when the election commission would post it online.

Wednesday was the deadline for filing first-quarter campaign finance reports.

Mongiardo's campaign manager, Kim Geveden, said that the Hazard ear, nose and throat surgeon has raised more money than any Democratic challenger for a U.S. Senate seat from Kentucky ever has in the first three months of an election cycle.

The campaign said in a release that nearly 700 people contributed to the campaign. All of the money came from individuals except for $5,000 from a political action committee.

The campaign said the top 10 counties based on the total amount contributed were Perry, Fayette, Jessamine, Pike, Franklin, Jefferson, Adair, McCracken, Powell and Boone.

Names of contributors were not immediately available because the FEC had not posted Mongiardo's campaign report as of last night. The campaign declined to release the full report.

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