Democratic candidates raising big money in races

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DOVER — With 2015 in the books, political candidates have begun filing their funding reports, and so far, Democrats have brought in big money.

In the gubernatorial race, Democratic U.S. Rep. John Carney brought in about $504,000 from Sept. 16, when he declared his candidacy, to the end of the year. He had about $449,000 on hand as of Dec. 31.

“Congressman Carney is extremely grateful for the support he’s received so far,” spokeswoman Jessica Borcky said. “He’ll continue working hard to build the campaign necessary to win and looks forward to the opportunity to travel the state and share his ideas for the future of Delaware.”

Dover Sen. Colin Bonini, a Republican, raised about $38,000 in 2015 and had $30,000 on hand.

Acknowledging he would not raise more money than Rep. Carney, he said he remained confident and did not start fundraising in earnest until this month.

A report for Republican Lacey Lafferty was not available.

Among lieutenant governor candidates, all Democrats, Kathy McGuiness led the way with $122,000. She had about $112,000 on hand. Middletown Sen. Bethany Hall-Long was second, raising $93,000. She had approximately $85,000 available.

Ciro Poppiti raised $37,000, with $77,000 on hand. Brad Eaby reported bringing in about $27,000, with $14,000 available. Greg Fuller’s filing shows he raised $26,000 and had $19,000 to spend as of the end of the year.

Sherry Dorsey Walker raised approximately $12,000.

A year-end report for congressional races is due to the Federal Election Commission by Jan. 31, but several candidates already have released their totals.

Sean Barney’s congressional campaign raised more than $81,000 in the fourth quarter of 2015, the campaign announced Thursday. He ended 2015 with $78,000 on hand.

Mr. Barney, a Democrat, declared his candidacy Dec. 1. He is one of seven individuals running for the open seat — five Democrats and two Republicans.

“Working families across Delaware are ready for principled, progressive leadership to champion the middle class and expand opportunity for all,” Mr. Barney said in a statement. “I’m grateful to the supporters who are fueling our grassroots campaign.”

Two-thirds of his contributions came from donors who gave $300 or less. He is backed by VoteVets, a national organization that seeks to get Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans elected to Congress.

Newark Sen. Bryan Townsend’s campaign announced last week it had raised $212,000 from the middle of September to the end of December, and Federal Election Commission paperwork shows Arden Rep. Bryon Short collected $71,913 in the third quarter of 2015. Both men are Democrats.

Republican Hans Reigle of Wyoming had raised $48,572, with $30,462 on hand as of Sept. 30.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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