Thursday, August 02, 2001

Lucas campaign raises $290,000

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat, has raised more than $290,000 for his 2002 re-election campaign.

        In a report filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission, Mr. Lucas reported raising $290,305 during the first six months of the year. He has $310,656 cash on hand, according to the report.

        Of the money Mr. Lucas raised this year, he received $197,814 from individuals and $86,760 from political action committees, or PACs.

        “We fully expect a serious challenge in '02 and we will continue to aggressively raise money throughout the race,” said Angie Dixon, a member of Mr. Lucas' campaign staff.

        Mr. Lucas will seek a third term next year representing Kentucky's 4th District, a 22-county area that includes all of Northern Kentucky and stretches from West Virginia to near Louisville.

        Two Republicans — Geoff Davis of Hebron and Mike Wiley of Florence — are expected to vie for the GOP nomination in the May primary.

        Marc Wilson, a GOP political consultant from Florence who is advising Mr. Davis, played down the money raised by the incumbent.

        “The barometer for incumbents is to raise $500,000” at midyear, Mr. Wilson said Wednesday. “The Lucas campaign has to be disappointed it didn't reach that goal.”

        Northern Kentucky Republican Party leaders have said Mr. Davis expects to have raised $80,000 to $100,000 by Labor Day, when many expect the Boone County business consultant to announce his candidacy.

        But Republicans also expect Mr. Lucas will raise and spend $1 million or more on his campaign.

        Ms. Dixon said Mr. Lucas' contributors include several Northern Kentucky Republican businessmen, such as hotel developer and operator William Yung; developer Paul Hemmer Jr.; banker Bob Zapp; Dr. Steve Hiltz; and Dennis Griffin, owner of Griffin Industries.


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