Saturday, July 22, 2000

McConnell campaign fund surpasses $1 million




By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has not yet drawn an opponent for his 2002 reelection campaign but the Louisville Republican has already built a campaign fund of more than $1 million.

        Even for Mr. McConnell, recognized around the nation as a prodigious fund-raiser, the amount sets a new personal standard when it comes to campaign money.

        Mr. McConnell's campaign reported $1,022,923 in cash-on-hand in a Federal Election Commission report filed last week. The amount is larger at this point than during any of his previous three Senate campaigns.

        “I am honored by all the support I have received as I prepare to run for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate,” Mr. McConnell said in a

        statement relesed by his Louisville campaign office.

        To date, Mr. McConnell's 2002 campaign has received $1,066,500 in campaign contributions. Of that amount, 83 percent has come from individuals and 11 percent has come from political action committees. Kentuckians accounted for two-thirds of the individual contributions, according to Scott Douglas, Mr. McConnell's top political aide.

        A lawyer and former Jefferson County judge-executive, Mr. McConnell is the only Republican in Kentucky ever elected to three full terms in the Senate.

        He defeated then-incumbent Walter “Dee” Huddleston in 1984, former Louisville Mayor Harvey Sloane in 1990 and former lieutenant governor Steve Beshear in 1996.

        Among the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati residents who have contributed money to Mr. McConnell are:

       

  • Dr. Charles Allnut of Villa Hills, $1,000.

            „Robert Castellini, president of the Castellini Co. in Wilder, $1,000.

            „Ashland CEO Paul Chellgren of Crescent Springs, $2,000.

            „Brian Collins of Fort Mitch ell, president of Commonwealth Inc., $1,000.

            „Independence lawyer Eric Deters, $250.

            „Builder Ralph Drees of Crescent Springs, $1,000.

            „Homebuilder Henry Fischer, $1,000.

            „Lawyer Larry Grause, $500.

            „Barb Haas, chairwoman of the Campbell County Republican Party, $1,000.

            „Developer Paul Hemmer Jr., $1,000.

            „Dr. Stephen Hiltz of Edgewood, $1,000.

            „Former Enquirer publisher William Keating of Cincinnati, $1,000.

            „Joe Koester, owner of Herzog Jewelers and a member of the Kenton County GOP Executive Committee, $1,000.

            „Cincinnati businessman Carl Lindner, the majority owner of The Cincinnati Reds, and members of his family, $6,000.

            „Kenton County GOP activist and fund-raiser Paula Miller, $1000.

            „Northern Kentucky University Regent Alice Sparks, $2,000.

            „Frank Sommerkamp, a retired Cincinnati Bell lobbyist, $250.

            „Villa Hills lawyer Lawson Walker, $1,000.

           



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