The Q2 Financial Reporting deadline for the state’s Governor’s race was July 7th. The reports show Chris Miller adding $316,000 in contributions to his previous balance of $3.3 million. Patrick Morrisey filed his first report in the campaign with more than 430 pages of a report detailing $1 donors and listing several fundraising events held out of state. Morrisey’s cash-on-hand balance is $1.08 million, followed by Moore Capito at $948,116, JB McCuskey at $412,082, Mac Warner at $194,509 and Rashida Yost at $8,593.
The balances of these candidates combined totals $6.1 million with Miller holding 56% of the balance. To compare the enormity of this fundraising in West Virginia’s Governor’s race, the combined financial reports from the Q2 2019 filings of Jim Justice and Woody Thrasher only totaled $749,175. The current race is already showing 8 times the amount of contributions and loans than the last race at the same point in time.
Morrisey’s campaign listed four out-of-state campaign fundraisers including one at Cafe Sapori in West Palm Beach, Florida and three others in Washington, DC raking in over $62,000 in the two days. By contrast, at the same time in 2020 Governor Jim Justice had only raised $13,486 in contributions. Among the few West Virginia notable donors to Morrisey’s campaign was Woody Thrasher, Thrasher also donated to JB McCuskey’s campaign. Morrisey has also notably earmarked portions of current donations to repay himself for old campaign debts.
Currently in third place in fundraising is Delegate Moore Capito with nearly a million dollars on hand and just $136,000 back of Morrisey. Capito also had Washington, DC and Richmond, VA fundraising events where he netted $27,250.
Aggressive fundraising will continue throughout 2023 as candidates and PACs prepare to launch the nation’s most expensive advertising blitz. The candidates for Governor will also be competing for the same ad inventory and market share as the President, US Senate and Congressional races – each of which has seen record-setting spending each election.