CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Four candidates for statewide office, all Republicans, have filed the first general election campaign financial disclosures with the secretary of state's office, ahead of today's deadline for all candidates to submit the reports.
The reports cover all fundraising and expenses from May 21 through Sept. 23.
Of the four early filers, Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, has the biggest war chest in his campaign to unseat state Treasurer John Perdue.
Hall raised a total of $23,851 in contributions and fundraisers during the period, and also loaned his campaign $50,000.
He received $1,000 contributions from former Republican state senators Sarah Minear and Frank Deem, $1,000 from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney, and a total of $1,000 from U.S. Senate candidate John Raese.
Hall has spent a total of $19,200 during the period, including $8,704 with Capitol Communications Group of St. Albans, $5,536 with Inside Out Creative of Charleston, and $2,070 in fees to political consultant Stephen Reed.
Hall has a campaign balance of $65,541.
Second among the early filers is Kent Leonhardt, a retired Marine officer who operates a farm in western Monongalia County, running for agriculture commissioner.
Leonhardt reported contributions and fundraisers totaling $22,272, and has loaned his campaign $40,000.
Leonhardt received a $1,000 contribution and an endorsement from the West Virginia Farm PAC, as well as $500 contributions from Raese and from Cleve Benedict, the last Republican who served as agriculture commissioner from 1989 to 1993, when Gus Douglass stepped down to run for governor in 1988.