Kentucky Democrats have been outraising state Republicans in this year's race for governor — and that includes Kentucky donations to the two national committees supporting the party nominees, the Democratic and Republican Governors Associations.
Midyear fundraising reports filed with the Internal Revenue Service show the DGA raised just over $417,000 from Kentucky-based donors, while the RGA brought in $155,000 in the first six months of 2015. For the GOP group, that's a sharp decline from the $1.2 million it raised from Kentucky donors during the same period during the last gubernatorial race. Meanwhile, the DGA's Kentucky-based contributions are up from 2011, when it brought in $142,250 from January through June.
Those figures come on top of reports that the Kentucky Democratic Party outpaced the Kentucky Republican Party nearly three-to-one in fundraising for the first half of the year. And Democratic nominee Jack Conway, Kentucky's attorney general, had $1.5 million in the bank in mid-July, while Republican nominee Matt Bevin — who fought his way through a multiway primary while Conway skated to his nomination — had less than $3,000.
Bevin could have a quick fix to his financial woes: his own fortune. Bevin, who gave his 2014 Senate campaign against Mitch McConnell $1.25 million, has already self-funded his gubernatorial bid to the tune of $2.5 million. But Bevin has previously shown little capacity to raise additional money, and that and his frayed ties with the McConnell-led GOP establishment have raised questions about his ability to compete with Conway.