PARKERSBURG - Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is the leading money raiser so far in the special primary election for governor.
Tomblin, a Democrat, who by virtue of being president of the Senate became acting governor in November upon Joe Manchin becoming a U.S. senator, raised $1,032,562, according to the first primary election campaign disclosures filed with the West Virginia secretary of state. The disclosures were due Friday.
He also listed expenditures of $109,210 for the reporting period.
Six Democrats and eight Republicans are on the special primary election ballot on May 14. The Mountain Party is choosing a nominee by convention.
Manchin's election to the unexpired term in the U.S. Senate opened up a free-for-all in the succession for governor that includes the top brass in both legislative chambers, the secretary of state and the state treasurer. The winner in the October general election will serve only a little more than a year and another election for governor will be held in 2012 for the full term beginning January 2013.
Democrats have outraised the Republicans, about $2.58 million to $262,468.
To date, Tomblin has raised $1.25 million, campaign manager Joe Shafer said.
"Gov. Tomblin is honored to have the support of so many people who share his goals of more jobs and lower taxes for West Virginia," he said. "Momentum is building each and every day, and in just the past week since the filing deadline we have received tremendous support and surpassed $1.25 million raised for the campaign."
No. 2 on the money-list is House Speaker Rick Thompson, a Democrat from Wayne County, who raised $666,643. He has spent $72,331, according to his disclosure.
Democrat Treasurer John Perdue raised $595,340 and spent $260,421.
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant has raised $216,525 and has spent $31,478.
Bill Maloney, a businessman from Morgantown and a Republican, has raised $140,045. He has spent $58,793.
Acting Sen. President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, has raised $94,903 and spent $30,723.
Republican Betty Ireland, former secretary of state, has raised $82,574 and has spent $42,295.
Ireland defeated the Democrat Ken Hechler, a former congressman and secretary of state, in 2004 despite being outspent by Hechler about 4-1. Ireland spent about $271,000 to Hechler's $1.11 million.
Mark Sorsaia, prosecuting attorney for Putnam County, has raised $27,749. He spent $32,411.
Jesse Johnson of the Mountain Party has raised $14,974 and spent $13,979.
Delegate Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, has raised $4,175 and listed no expenditures.
Arne Moltis, Democrat, of Kanawha County has raised and spent $4,150.
Sen. Clark Barnes, R-Kanawha, has raised $3,700 and has spent $9,386.
Larry Faircloth, a former delegate from Berkeley County, has raised $2,725 and has spent $7,450.
Cliff Ellis, Republican, has raised $1,500 and spent $1,350.
Ralph William Clark, Republican, listed no contributions and $3,604 in expenditures.