Politics & Government

Chandler, Barr raise big money for 2012 U.S. House race

Congressman Ben Chandler spoke to a group of Fayette Co. seniors to celebrate the 4th of July and to discuss the 45th anniversary of the Medicare Program, during a patriotic-themed luncheon at the Lexington Senior Center  in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, July 01, 2011. Congressman Chandler shared proposed changes to the Medicare program and how they could affect Kentucky seniors. Charles Bertram | Staff
Congressman Ben Chandler spoke to a group of Fayette Co. seniors to celebrate the 4th of July and to discuss the 45th anniversary of the Medicare Program, during a patriotic-themed luncheon at the Lexington Senior Center in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, July 01, 2011. Congressman Chandler shared proposed changes to the Medicare program and how they could affect Kentucky seniors. Charles Bertram | Staff

FRANKFORT — Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler raised $228,727 in the last three months for his re-election campaign while a Republican challenger, Andy Barr, reported taking in $197,213 in the first three weeks of his campaign.

The candidates for Central Kentucky's 6th Congressional District have filed their campaign finance reports for April 1 through June 30 with the Federal Elections Commission.

Barr, a Lexington attorney, announced his candidacy for next year's race on June 9 and started his fundraising then. He narrowly lost to Chandler in last year's race.

The latest campaign finance reports show Chandler, a Woodford County attorney who has been in the U.S. House since February 2004, with $561,419 on hand.

Barr reported $202,988 on hand. He said he had "a little left over from the 2010 campaign" to add to his latest fundraising.

The Barr campaign said the report exceeded his fundraising for any quarter during the 2010 primary election. He had not yet declared his candidacy in June 2009.

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