The filings for fundraising and spending by political candidates during the first quarter are in.  Here are a couple of highlights from the Federal Election Commission website in the much-watched U.S. Senate race.

–Joe Manchin has the most money of all the candidates. The report shows he has $5.4 million on hand. He also was the most successful fundraiser in the race during that period, hauling in $4.7 million. Manchin reported spending the most of any of the Senate candidates so far–$2.4 million.

–Manchin’s primary opponent, Paula Jean Swearengin, is running a much more grassroots campaign.  The report indicates she has raised about $184,000 since starting her campaign last year and had $54,000 on hand at the end of March.  Most of her fundraising has been small amounts—contributions of $50 or less.

–On the Republican side, Don Blankenship reports spending $1.8 million between November 28, 2017 and March 31, 2018 and he ended the reporting period with $214,000 on hand. However, what stands out about the Blankenship report is that he’s spending all of his own money.  All but $1,000 has come from his own pocket so far.

–Congressman Evan Jenkins brought in $320,000 during the quarter had $1.3 million on hand for the stretch run of the Primary. He has spent just over $800,000 on his campaign so far.

–Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s campaign reported raising $395,000 during the first three months of this year and spending just over $200,000.  He had $1.3 million on hand at the end of March.

–Bo Copley reported receiving just over $24,000, and he had spent about $17,000 of that through last December.

–No financial data was available from the FEC website for Republican candidates Tom Willis and Jack Newbrough.

Here are some of the FEC reports in other Congressional races:

–Republican incumbent 1st District Congressman David McKinley leads all fundraising  with total receipts of $752,000 and just over $900,000 on hand.  McKinley is unopposed in the Primary. On the Democratic side, Ralph Baxter has raised the most of any of the three candidates and has $429,000 in the bank.  He has loaned his campaign $200,000.

–In the 2nd District Congressional race, incumbent Republican Alex Mooney has $1.2 million on hand.  On the Democratic side, Aaron Scheinberg has spent $221,000 and had $265,000 left for the final weeks, while Talley Sergent has spent $71,000 and has $170,000 on hand.

–In the crowded 3rd District race for the open seat, Republican Carol Miller leads all fundraisers with $527,000 in total receipts and $302,000 in the bank at the end of March, while the next closest candidate in fundraising was Conrad Lucas with $238,000 collected and $181,000 available.  Rupie Phillips raised $184,000 through March and had $117,000 in the bank. Among the Democrats, Richard Ojeda has raised the most–$157,000 and he has $68,000 on hand.




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