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Kentucky House Democrats Have Large Fundraising Lead

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Kentucky House Democrats have a wide margin in fundraising as they seek to defend their chamber from a Republican takeover bid this November.The Kentucky Democratic House Caucus Campaign Committee has about $286,000 in cash on hand—much more than the House GOP's $86,000, according to data from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.The money will be crucial to both parties: for Democrats, to maintain a narrow eight-seat majority in the legislature’s lower chamber; for Republicans, to target vulnerable districts in an attempt to end nearly a century of Democratic House control.But the money raised and spent by those committees on this fall’s House races isn’t the end-all, be-all in fundraising. Thanks to recent Supreme Court rulings, several outside groups are targeting the Kentucky House, many of them aligned with Republican interests.Due to campaign finance laws, they’ll be able to spend unlimited amounts of money to oppose candidates or promote issues in certain races.Currently, two gubernatorial candidates—Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Hal Heiner—have formed their own PACs to help state House candidates in their respective parties.