McCuskey shakes up race for Attorney General with fundraising edge

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

The addition of JB McCuskey into the Republican primary race for Attorney General has generated a shift in the campaign finance landscape. Ryan Weld held a fundraising lead over Mike Stuart earlier this year, which he maintains. However, McCuskey outraised them both in the last quarter. 

State Auditor JB McCuskey raised $149,000 this quarter in addition to the $412,000 he raised previously while a candidate for governor. McCuskey transferred from the governor’s race to the attorney general’s race over the summer. After expenses of $32,000, he still has $533,000 remaining in his campaign account. 

Major donors include lawyers and business executives. A majority of his donations did come from within the state of West Virginia. 

State Senator Ryan Weld raised $83,000 this quarter in addition to the $98,000 he raised previously. After expenses of $17,000, Weld still has $163,000 remaining in his campaign account. 

Major donors to Weld include energy executives, the gambling industry, lobbyists, and lawyers. A majority of those donations did come from within the state of West Virginia. 

State Senator Mike Stuart raised $46,000 this quarter in addition to the $69,000 he raised previously. After expenses of $19,000, Stuart still has $108,000 remaining in his campaign account. 

Major donors to Stuart included car dealers and energy/coal executives. While most of his donors came from inside the state of West Virginia, his expenditures list multiple reimbursements for out of state trips as part of his campaign to places such as Nashville and Hagerstown. 

No Democratic or Independent candidates have filed to run for the office. 
Campaign finance records are public records. They may be reviewed at https://cfrs.wvsos.gov/index.html#/index.

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