Press "Enter" to skip to content

Trump, Buttigieg raised most presidential campaign money in Kentucky

7 minute read

Donald Trump and Pete Buttigieg in splitscreen

President Donald Trump and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg | Photos via campaigns

The reelection campaign of President Donald Trump raised far more money from more individual donors in Kentucky than any of the other presidential candidates in the first six months of 2019, with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg raising the most in the state among the many Democratic contenders.

A ProPublica database of Federal Election Commission filings shows that Trump’s campaign raised a total of $256,875 from 877 individual donors in Kentucky this year, exceeding the combined $227,205 that 21 Democratic presidential candidates raised from 478 donors in the state.

Trump — who won Kentucky by 30 percentage points in 2016 and polls show is still approved of by the majority of voters — took in 4,401 individual itemized contributions in this period, which averaged nearly $60. The individual donors to his reelection campaign averaged a contribution of $293.

While Trump received a high volume of small donations, he also received maximum donations from several prominent corporate leaders, such as retired Cintas executive Robert Kohlhepp, Caudill Seed Co. owner Dan Caudill of Louisville and SpanTech CEO James Layne.

On the Democratic side, Buttigieg led his competitors by raising $51,280 in Kentucky this year, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden, who raised $44,878 since announcing his candidacy in late April.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar placed third among Democrats by raising $31,175 in 2019, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders with $24,221, Sen. Elizabeth Warren with $20,316 and Sen. Kamala Harris with $15,821.

After these top six Democrats, there was a sharp drop off in fundraising within Kentucky among the 15 other presidential candidates. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Beto O’Rourke, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. John Delaney, Andrew Yang, Marianne Williamson, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Rep. Julian Castro each raised between $7,000 and $1,000.

Remaining longshot Democratic candidates Rep. Seth Moulton, Sen. Michael Bennet, Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Eric Swalwell (who recently dropped out of the race) and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper each raised less than $1,000, with only Moulton receiving a contribution from more than one individual.

While placing fourth among Democrats in Kentucky fundraising, Sanders easily had the most itemized contributions (494) and individual donors (110) in the state this year. Only one other candidate averaged smaller average donations than Sanders, as his average contribution was less than $50 and his individual donors in Kentucky averaged giving a total of $220.

Buttigieg had the second-highest total of Kentucky donors this year with 88, followed by Biden with 65 and Warren with 63. Harris and Klobuchar tied with 37 individual donors.

O’Rouke, Yang and Booker had 12 to 15 donors each in Kentucky, while none of the other 12 candidates had more than seven donors and four candidates only had a single donor.

Buttigieg was able to lead the pack in fundraising by picking up maximum donations from several prominent Kentucky Democrats, including philanthropist Christy Brown, Augusta Holland, Eleanor Bingham Miller, Pat Mulloy and former Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

The South Bend mayor’s lead in Kentucky should not be seen as that much of a surprise when you look at his campaign’s nationwide fundraising, as he only finished slightly behind Sanders in the second quarter by raising $24.9 million and his total of $32.3 million for the year is third behind only Sanders and Warren.

Biden finished second in Kentucky with the aid of maximum donations from philanthropist and former ambassador Matthew Barzun and his wife, Brooke, as well as a significant influx of large donations from attorneys with Morgan & Morgan, including $2,000 from former Kentucky House Speaker and current Democratic attorney general candidate Greg Stumbo. Including Stumbo, 10 Morgan & Morgan attorneys gave Biden a total of $11,100.

Klobuchar’s third-place finish among Democrats in Kentucky fundraising was somewhat unexpected when you consider that she places far back among the contenders in national fundraising, with only $3.9 million raised in the second quarter. The Minnesota senator was able to raise over $31,000 in the state with the help of over $13,000 from high-ranking Brown-Forman executives, including its chairman George Garvin Brown.

Klobuchar had the highest average donor total among the candidates with more than five donors, which was $842, aided by $1,000-plus contributions from Kentucky Board of Education member Ben Cundiff, BlueGrass Automotive owner James Haynes and several Frost Brown Todd attorneys.

The list of donors to Sanders and Warren did not feature many names of prominent Kentucky Democrats or business owners and very few maximum donors, though Warren did receive a contribution from Western Kentucky University professor and state Rep. Patti Minter and over $3,000 in total from state university professors. Warren’s average donor gave her campaign $322.

Harris placed sixth among Democrats with large contributions from Augusta Holland and Christy Brown, the latter of which also gave a maximum contribution to Gillibrand.

Below is a rundown of each candidates’ fundraising totals in Kentucky from January through June of 2019, including their number of itemized contributions and individual donors, average contributions and the names of some notable donors.

Donald Trump

Total raised: $256,875

Individual donors: 877

Itemized contributions: 4,401

Average donor: $292

Average contribution: $58

Notable donors:

Dan Caudill, owner of Caudill Seed Co., $2,800

Robert Kohlhepp and spouse, retired Cintas executive, $11,200

James Layne, CEO of SpanTech, $3,750

William Isaacs, insurance agent with Clayward Agency, $2,800

Cheryl Baker, radiologist for VA, $2,950

Michael Foster, founder/owner of Hometown Pizza, $370

Phil Block, owner of The Castle Jewelry and Pawn, $375

Bambi Blanton, retired, $3,775

Michael Butler, retired, $3,454

Kristie Strom, owner of Trace Wear, $5,995

Judy Jones, professor at Transylvania University, $175

Lori Hunsaker, director at Kentucky State Police, $250

Deborah Comley, director of Pattco LLC, $684

Joe Bennett, manager of Kentucky Cumberland Coal Co., $403

Christy Fuqua, owner of Diversified Electrical Inc., $675

Pete Buttigieg

Total raised: $51,280

Individual donors: 88

Itemized contributions: 251

Average donor: $582

Average contribution: $204

Notable donors:

Christy Brown, philanthropist, $2,800

August Holland, philanthropist and spouse of Gill Holland, $5,600

Eleanor Bingham Miller, filmmaker, $2,800

Pat Mulloy and spouse, Commodore Capital executive, $5,600

Jim Gray, former mayor of Lexington, $2,800

Virginia Frazier, psychologist, $2,800

Terry Williams, physician, $2,800

Mary Moss Greenebaum, producer of Kentucky Author Forum, $250

Alex Warren, retired Toyota executive, $1,500

Aishawarya Sarkar, OB-GYN, $1,750

Isaac Kreutzer, Catholic priest, $600

Mary Zinniel, president of Louisville Olmstead Parks Conservancy, $625

Dustin Robinson, New Leaders Council and chair of Kentuckians for a Better Future PAC, $500

Roy Barbe, horse breeder, $1,000

David Power, CEO of Power Agency, $1,055

Neville Blakemore, chair of Great Northern Building Products, $250

Joe Biden

Total raised: $44,878

Individual donors: 65

Itemized contributions: 110

Average donor: $690

Average contribution: $407

Notable donors:

Matthew Barzun and spouse, former ambassador, $5,600

Steve Bass, Louisville investor, $2,000

Elizabeth Cecil, owner of Home Capital Company, $2,800

Pete Mahurin, Hillard Lyons broker, $2,800

Chip McNamara and spouse, CEO of Integrity Healthcare Services, $5,000

Charlie O’Connor, director of sales at Coolmore horse farm, $2,800

Mark Riddle, political consultant, $518

Eric Lowe, CEO of Aptiva Health, $1,000

Greg Stumbo, Morgan & Morgan attorney, former House Speaker & AG, $2,000

Jonathan Rabinowitz, Morgan & Morgan attorney, $2,800

David Dufour, Morgan & Morgan attorney, $2,800

Joseph Rugg, Morgan & Morgan attorney, $1,000

Amy Klobuchar

Total raised: $31,175

Individual donors: 37

Itemized contributions: 58

Average donor: $842

Average contribution: $537

Notable donors:

Matthew Hamel and spouse, Brown-Forman attorney, $11,200

George Garvin Brown, Brown-Forman chairman, $1,000

Marianne Welch, spouse of Brown-Forman vice chairman, $1,000

Amelia Culp, Brown-Forman chief of staff, $500

James Haynes, owner BlueGrass Automotive, $2,800

Ben Cundiff, owner of Cundiff Farms and Kentucky Board of Education director, $1,000

Phoebe Wood, owner of CompaniesWood, $500

James Giesel, Frost Brown Todd attorney, $1,000

Alan MacDonald, Frost Brown Todd attorney, $1,000

Sam Marcosson, professor UofL Brandeis School of Law, $250

Bernie Sanders

Total raised: $24,221

Individual donors: 110

Itemized contributions: 494

Average donor: $220

Average contribution: $49

Notable donors:

Brian Cartier, software engineer at Lexmark, $2,800

Ronald Foley, unemployed, $2,800

Catherine Ford, Legal Aid Society paralegal, $1,000

Tracy Inman, associate director Western Kentucky University, $200

Kenneth Roth, Northern Kentucky University professor, $150

Elizabeth Warren

Total raised: $20,316

Individual donors: 63

Itemized contributions: 312

Average donor: $322

Average contribution: $65

Notable donors:

Patti Minter and spouse, WKU professor and state representative, $600

Andrea Behrman, UofL professor, $1,345

John Morrison, UofL professor, $690

Michael Trask, UK professor, $250

Nathan De Lee, NKU professor, $300

Sally Patton, retired, $2,260

Kevin Smith, Baptist Health marketing, $860

Joel Dufour, owner of Earth Tools Inc., $405

Kamala Harris

Total raised: $15,821

Individual donors: 37

Itemized contributions: 173

Average donor: $427

Average contribution: $91

Notable donors:

Christy Brown, philanthropist, $2,700

Augusta Holland, $2,000

Frostee Rucker, NFL football player, $500

Dwight Drinkard, CEO of Drinkard Consulting Services, $550

Jen Algire, Greater Clark Foundation executive, $600

Marsha Charles, UCC minister, $500

Susan Baker, director of McCracken County Public Library, $250

Steve Bullock

Total raised: $6,965

Individual donors: 5

Itemized contributions: 8

Average donor: $1,393

Average contribution: $870

Notable donors:

Jonathan Rabinowitz and spouse, Morgan & Morgan attorney, $5,600

Eric Reed, WKU professor, $250

Kirsten Gillibrand

Total raised: $6,520

Individual donors: 5

Itemized contributions: 11

Average donor: $1,304

Average contribution: $592

Notable donors:

Christy Brown, philanthropist, $2,800

Teodroro Bordador, physician, $2,800

Beto O’Rourke

Total raised: $5,436

Individual donors: 15

Itemized contributions: 72

Average donor: $362

Average contribution: $75

Notable donors:

Michael Trager-Kusman, partner at Mperfect Design, $1,036

Tulsi Gabbard

Total raised: $3,600

Individual donors: 7

Itemized contributions: 30

Average donor: $514

Average contribution: $120

Notable donors:

Margaret Burke, owner Signature Furniture, $250

Mary Patterson, operator Jim Beam Distillery, $737

Cory Booker

Total raised: $3,393

Individual donors: 12

Itemized contributions: 84

Average donor: $282

Average contribution: $40

Notable donors:

Jeffrey Hennis, owner of V-Grits (vegan restaurant, Booker is vegan), $247

John Delaney

Total raised: $2,900

Individual donors: 2

Itemized contributions: 2

Average donor: $1,450

Average contribution: $1,450

Notable donors:

Paul Diaz and spouse, former Kindred Healthcare CEO, $2,900

Andrew Yang

Total raised: $2,806

Individual donors: 14

Itemized contributions: 41

Average donor: $200

Average contribution: $68

Notable donors:

Matt Rosenfield, engineer Material Handling Systems, $721

Marianne Williamson

Total raised: $2,505

Individual donors: 5

Itemized contributions: 21

Average donor: $501

Average contribution: $119

Notable donors:

Donna Brother, NBC Sports broadcaster, $230

Shawn Smith, optometrist, $1,275

Maurie McGarvey, Murray State University professor, $250

Jay Inslee

Total raised: $1,725

Individual donors: 4

Itemized contributions: 7

Average donor: $431

Average contribution: $246

Notable donors:

Amy Dourson, owner Red River Gorgeous cabin rentals, $275

Julian Castro

Total raised: $1,098

Individual donors: 2

Itemized contributions: 19

Average donor: $549

Average contribution: $57

Notable donors:

Lois Polan, garden designer, $798

Seth Moulton

Total raised: $860

Individual donors: 3

Itemized contributions: 4

Average donor: $286

Average contribution: $215

Notable donors:

John Phillips, sales at Stand Energy, $500

Michael Bennet

Total raised: $500

Individual donors: 1

Itemized contributions: 1

Average donor: $500

Average contribution: $500

Notable donors:

Michael Schwartz, owner Kerry Rockford Entertainment, $500

Tim Ryan

Total raised: $500

Individual donors: 1

Itemized contributions: 1

Average donor: $500

Average contribution: $500

Notable donors:

Adam Collins, Collins & Collins attorney, $500

John Hickenlooper

Total raised: $250

Individual donors: 1

Itemized contributions: 1

Average donor: $250

Average contribution: $250

Reposted from https://insiderlouisville.com/government/national/trump-buttigieg-raised-most-presidential-campaign-money-in-kentucky/

%d bloggers like this: