Kessler raised about $81,000 at fundraisers held at Wheeling Island Hotel & Resort, K&K Music in Bluefield, the Parkersburg VFW, Power Alley Grill in Charleston, and the Walker & Stevens law firm in Barboursville. His donors included the political action committees of J.P. Morgan & Chase Co., Dominion Gas and CNX Gas.
Kessler has spent about $30,000, of which $20,000 was paid to the Charleston consulting firm Rainmaker Media.
Another Democrat, South Charleston landlord Arne Moltis, reported $4,150, which all came from his own pocket.
Maloney and Ireland have raised far more than other Republican hopefuls:
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