Heiner Gave His Campaign $4 Million

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Hal Heiner donated $4 million to his campaign for governor last quarter as he seeks to give himself a huge cash advantage over his potential Republican rivals.

Heiner's campaign announced Monday it had raised $106,000 from individual donors in the quarter that ended June 30. The campaign says it has $3.9 million available to spend.

Candidates have until midnight Monday to file their fundraising reports for the three months that ended June 30. A spokesman for Heiner confirmed his numbers, but Heiner's report is not yet available on the state's website.

Heiner's biggest challenger will most likely be state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. Monday, Comer accused Heiner of trying to buy the governor's race.

Heiner spokesman Joe Burgan said it will take a political outsider to change state government.

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