Associated Press Published

National Groups, Rich Candidates Top West Virginia Spending


West Virginia’s wealthy candidates poured money into their races during the past month, while the national association of Republican attorneys general spent $2.83 million trying to keep Patrick Morrisey in office.

The group previously paid $3.4 million for ads backing Morrisey, West Virginia’s first-term attorney general, against Huntington businessman and state delegate Doug Reynolds.

Morrisey’s own campaign filing shows about $133,000 contributed last month and $710,000 spent.

Reynolds reports raising $172,000 and spending $1 million of his own money, leaving $34,000 in his campaign fund.

The national Republican governors’ association spent about $900,000 supporting state Senate President Bill Cole’s bid for governor.

Cole, an auto dealer, raised $163,000, spent $492,000 and lent his campaign $100,000.

Opposing Democrat and businessman Jim Justice raised $201,000, spent $835,000, and lent $1.12 million to his campaign.