Politics & Government

In battle for Bunning's seat, Kentucky Democrat sets record

FRANKFORT — Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway has raised $1.3 million in the first 60 days of his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Jim Bunning, Conway’s campaign announced Wednesday.

The Conway campaign called the fund-raising effort record-breaking, saying that no other Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate candidate has raised that much money in one quarter.

Conway will face Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo and Darlene Fitzgerald Price, a former U.S. Customs agent, in the May primary for the Democratic nomination. Fitzgerald Price has said she has raised about $15,000 so far.

Mongiardo hasn't yet said how much he raised during the second quarter of the year. In the first quarter, he raised $429,552 between Feb. 17 and the end of March.

Earlier this week, Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced that he raised $600,000 in this quarter. Grayson has formed an exploratory committee to run for Bunning’s seat, but has hedged on whether he will actually run. Bunning said Tuesday that he is still in the race but has not yet released how much money he has raised this quarter.

Mark Riddle, Conway's chief strategist, noted in a press release that of the $1.32 million raised so far, $125,000 came from Northern Kentucky, where both Bunning and Grayson are from.

The report covers fund raising efforts from April to June 30. The official Federal Election Commission report has not yet been filed. Candidates have until July 15 to file the report.

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