Posted 1/15/2013 02:43 pm
Updated 11 months ago
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel reported Tuesday that he raised more than $410,000 in the last three months of 2012 for his gubernatorial bid, giving the Democrat more than $1 million in the bank for a campaign that's been rocked by his admission to an extramarital relationship.
McDaniel, the only announced Democratic candidate for governor in 2014, reported raising more than $386,000 for the primary and another $24,500 for a potential primary runoff. In total, McDaniel has raised more than $1.4 million since announcing his candidacy in June.
The report is the first since McDaniel revealed in late December that he had an "inappropriate" relationship with a Hot Springs attorney in 2011. McDaniel, who has been married since 2009, has said he has no plans to drop out of the race.
McDaniel said last week that he had not seen a drop off in donors because of the admission, and told reporters Tuesday the latest fundraising figures exceeded his goals.
"Obviously we will continue to raise money and we'll continue to reach out to people for their support. So far everybody seems to be very enthusiastic," McDaniel said after appearing before a legislative committee. "Being in the Capitol today, I've had a number of legislators approach me and say they wanted to help."
Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and state Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter both have said they're considering running against McDaniel in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in May 2014. In separate filings, Halter reported that his 2006 lieutenant governor campaign still owes him more than $119,000 that he had loaned it.
Congressman Asa Hutchinson said earlier this month he'll seek the Republican gubernatorial nomination and is not "actively" raising money. His first report would be due in April.
Hutchinson said he's not worried about McDaniel's financial advantage.
"I'm not concerned about the early stages of fundraising," Hutchinson said. "There's primaries to go through, we're two years out still from the election. There's a lot of time left."
Several other Republicans are considering running for governor next year. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe is term-limited and cannot run for re-election next year.