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McKinley Raises $154,000 in Campaign Cash

David McKinley, member of US House of Representatives, March 2012

While considering a bid for governor, Republican Congressman David McKinley added almost $154,000 to his federal campaign account to start the year.

On Wednesday, McKinley and West Virginia’s freshman Republican congressmen posted six-figure hauls from January through March.

McKinley raised the least, but ended with the most in his account.

Evan Jenkins raised more than $201,000, while Alex Mooney yielded $185,000.

McKinley’s federal account has almost $523,000. But he can’t transfer all that money to a state campaign account for a possible gubernatorial bid.

He has other options to get the money into the governor’s race, including giving it to political party committees or a third-party group like a super PAC.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, also considering running for governor, has the same options with his $1.4 million account.