Politics & Government

GOP candidates raise $700,000 in event at home of Don and Mira Ball

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, shown here in a March 28, 2011 meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi, said Monday, April 25, 2011, that he won't seek the Republican nomination for president next year. (Drew Tarter/Biloxi Sun Herald/MCT)
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, shown here in a March 28, 2011 meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi, said Monday, April 25, 2011, that he won't seek the Republican nomination for president next year. (Drew Tarter/Biloxi Sun Herald/MCT) MCT

FRANKFORT — A Lexington fund-raiser Thursday night featuring Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour raised more than $700,000 for Republican candidates.

The fund-raiser — held at the home of Don and Mira Ball — was attended by more than 500 people, according to Republican organizers.

The Republican gubernatorial ticket of Senate President David Williams and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer raised a little more than $500,000, said Scott Jennings, of the Williams-Farmer campaign. The remaining money went to the Republican Party.

Jennings said that pledges were still being counted on Friday and that the total amount of money is likely to increase.

Incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and running mate Jerry Abramson have already built a substantial campaign war chest. The two had no opposition in the Democratic primary.

The latest campaign finance reports show that the total raised by the Beshear-Abramson campaign is $4.8 million. It reported having $3.3 million on hand in the campaign's quarterly finance update, filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

Williams-Farmer banked more than $1.2 million in the Republican primary race for governor, according to a May campaign finance report.

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