KENTUCKY LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES RAISE $8.8 MILLION IN 2000
Amount Represents a 40% Increase Over 1998
The following report was released by the National
Institute on Money in State Politics, a nonpartisan, nonprofit program
dedicated to accurate, comprehensive and unbiased documentation and
research on campaign finance at the state level. The Institute is an
outgrowth of collaboration between the Western States Center, the Northeast
Citizen Action Resource Center, and Democracy South.
FOR RELEASE: July 9, 2001
CONTACT: Sue O'Connell, 406-449-2480
HELENA, Mont. - Candidates for legislative offices
in Kentucky raised $8.8 million in the last election cycle, a 40 percent
increase over the $6.3 million that legislative candidates raised in
the 1998 election cycle, a preliminary review of campaign contributions
House candidates raised about $3.5 million, while Senate candidates
raised $5.3 million, data compiled by the National Institute on Money
in State Politics shows.
The average amount raised by House candidates increased by nearly 33
percent, from $17,283 in 1998 to $22,870 last year, while the average
raised by Senate candidates more than doubled, from $51,822 in 1998
to $107,602 in 2000, the Institute's review shows.
The Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan organization
that compiles and analyzes campaign contribution information for state-level
races across the country. It built its Kentucky database from campaign
finance reports filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.
The Institute's preliminary contribution records for Kentucky's 2000
races are available online and currently can be searched by candidate
and by contributor.
The Institute's preliminary review of the data showed:
· Candidates who lost their general election
races raised, on average, just 77 percent of the amount winning candidates
raised. Winning House candidates raised an average of $26,307, compared
with the average $20,255 raised by their opponents. Senate winners raised
an average of $168,594, while their opponents raised $129,415.
· House incumbents raised on average $24,765, while their challengers
raised 65 percent of that amount, or $16,148. Senate incumbents raised,
on average, $133,043, while their opponents raised just over half of
that amount - $89,772. Candidates for open seats accumulated much higher
campaign chests in both houses, with House candidates raising an average
or $27,251 and Senate candidates an average of $296,117.
· The top two fundraisers in the Senate were
battling for the open District 31 seat. Democrat Ray Jones II, raised
$636,947 and won the seat, while his Republican opponent, Chris Ratliff,
raised $424,244. Johnny Ray Turner raised the next-highest amount of
money in his successful challenge for the District 29 seat - $285,807,
including $73,400 of his own money.
· The percentage of Senate candidates raising more than $100,000
increased from 15 percent in 1998 to 55 percent in 2000, with 23 of
42 candidates raising more than $100,000 in the last election cycle.
· The top two fundraisers in the House were Republican Larry
Clark, who raised $140,605 and retained his House District 46 seat,
and Democrat W. Keith Hall, who won the open District 93 seat and raised
$120,650, which included $85,200 of his own money.
· Of the 119 winning candidates, 102 were incumbents,
representing 86 percent of the candidates. In addition, 108 of the 119
- or 91 percent - had raised the most money in their races. Overall,
115 were either incumbents or had raised the most money, representing
97 percent. In fact, every one of the Senate winners had the advantage
of either money or incumbency.
"Basically, these figures show you don't win unless
you can raise a lot of money or you raised a lot in the last election,"
said Samantha Sanchez, Institute co-director. "Newcomers to politics
face a real uphill battle."
Preliminary analysis shows that political party groups were the leading
contributors to the 2000 elections, with the Kentucky State Democratic
Executive Committee contributing $1,035,426 to legislative races and
the Kentucky State Republican Executive Committee giving $677,440. Several
candidates also gave significantly to their own campaigns. In addition
to Turner and Hall, the following candidates were among the top contributors:
Republican Ben Fletcher, who lost his bid for the Senate District 3
seat, $96,904; Glenn Freeman, a Democratic incumbent who lost the Senate
District 17 primary, $69,000; and Daniel Mongiardo, who defeated Freeman
in the primary and then won the general election, $66,000.
Also showing up among top contributors were: Kentucky
Educators PAC, $100,000; Kentucky Realtors PAC, $72,500; Kentucky Educational
Medical PAC, $69,950; and Optometric PAC, $63,905
The Institute will be doing further in-depth analysis of all major contributors
to identify their occupations and employers. When that analysis is complete,
the information may be searched by candidate, contributor and the type
of economic and political interests contributing to state-level campaigns.
Currently, the Institute's Web
site contains searchable
contribution data that identifies the economic interests of contributors
in Kentucky's 1994, 1996, and 1998 legislative elections and the 1999