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House candidates campaign donations top $20k

By Phil Kabler, Staff writer
LAWRENCE PIERCE | Gazette file photo

Ten candidates have raised more than $20,000 each for contested primary races in Kanawha County’s 35th, 36th, and 37th House of Delegates districts, according to pre-primary campaign finance disclosures filed with the secretary of state’s office.

That’s topped by $44,574 raised by Republican Chris Stansbury, a Charleston optometrist making his first run in the 35th District.

Stansbury reported raising $5,625 during the March 29-April 27 reporting period, with no contributions in excess of $500. He reported total expenses of $22,540, and a balance of $21,027.

Expenses in the reporting period included $5,000 to New Strategies Consulting of Houston, and $600 to West Virginia Radio Corp.

Stansbury was closely followed in the 35th by Delegate J.B. McCuskey, R-Kanawha, who has raised $43,340, including $24,825 during the reporting period.

McCuskey reported maximum $1,000 contributions from the DuPont Good Government PAC, First Energy PAC, Realtor Vicki King McLaughlin, Alpha Natural Resources PAC, West Virginia Bankers Association PAC, and Dorothy Bailey of San Antonio, Texas.

He raised $2,600 at an April 8 fundraiser in Bridgeport, $7,915 at an April 12 cookout in Charleston, and $2,075 at a Happy Hour event at Bar 101 on April 25.

McCuskey has had $9,879 in expenses, and has a balance of $32,802.

Delegate Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha, has raised $37,475 in his 35th District reelection bid, including $16,250 during the reporting period.

He reported $1,000 contributions from Terry Rusin, Robert Orders, Douglas Marcum, Alpha Natural Resources PAC, The Chamber PAC, Dominion PAC, West Virginia Banking Association PAC, and Andrew Jordon.

He has had expenditures of $2,411, and has a balance of $35,063.

Democratic newcomer Andrew Byrd has raised $31,085, including $5,050 in the reporting period. The South Charleston lawyer reported one $1,000 contribution during the period, from the West Virginia Association for Justice’s LAWPAC.

He has had $27,828 in expenditures, including $2,704 to Inside Out Creative for advertising, $3,863 to WCHS-TV, $637 to WVAH-TV, and $1,800 to Charleston Newspapers.

Former 35th District Democrat Bobbie Hatfield has raised $29,000, including $18,630 in the reporting period. During the reporting period, she received $1,000 contributions from the Kanawha Federation of Teachers, the West Virginia Regional Council of Carpenters PAC, attorneys Jim Humphreys and Scott Segal, and West Virginia LAWPAC.

She reported $8,786 in expenses, including $2,200 to Rainmaker consulting, $954 to the Printing Press for yard signs, and $4,200 to West Virginia Radio Corp.

In the 36th District, Delegate Mark Hunt, D-Kanawha, leads in fundraising, with a total of $30,822, including $17,200 in the reporting period.

He received $1,000 contributions from the DuPont Good Government PAC, West Virginia Regional Council of Carpenters PAC, Wheeling attorney Scott Blass, Mid-Atlantic Laborers Political Education Fund, Mid-Atlantic Community Fund, Mid-Atlantic Laborers Political Service Fund, Operators Political Education Committee, and the West Virginia Building and Construction Trades.

Hunt reported expenditures of $29,465, including $1,656 to the Printing Press, $1,677 to Kanawha Valley Advertising for billboards, $3,529 to WCHS-TV, $403 to WVAH-TV, $1,432 to My Campaign Store in Louisville, Kentucky, and $1,750 to campaign consultant David Cole.

Delegate Nancy Guthrie, D-Kanawha, has raised a total of $25,341, including $19,035 in the reporting period.

Of that, she has loaned her campaign a total of $16,693.

She reported $1,000 contributions from James and Phyllis Arnold, husband George Guthrie, West Virginia Building and Construction Trades, West Virginia Council of Carpenters, Kanawha Federation of Teachers, Operating Engineers PAC, and West Virginia LAWPAC.

Guthrie’s expenditures include a total of $6,497 to Rainmaker.

Brad White, Republican newcomer in the 36th, reported total contributions of $32,060, including $2,500 in loans to his campaign.

He has reported $9,432 in expenditures, including $5,736 to Kanawha Valley Advertising for billboards.

In Charleston’s 37th District, musician and taxi driver Mike Pushkin has raised the most contributions, at $29,498, predominately in amounts of $250 or less.

Pushkin has spent $22,285, including $11,564 to Gold Communications for mailers and $1,682 to Capitol Promotions for yard signs.

Lawyer Richard Lindsey is the only other candidate to top $20,000 in the 37th. Also running as a Democrat, Lindsey has raised a total of $22,496, including $1,860 in the reporting period.

He reported a $1,000 contribution from West Virginia LAWPAC.

Lindsey reported expenditures of $12,655, including $4,015 to Yeager Media Group for radio ads, $2,372 to the Printing Press for yard signs and mailers (he also has $2,002 in bills owed to Printing Press), and $100 to the West Virginia Power for rental of a table at a Power baseball game.

Reach Phil Kabler at philk@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.


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