Businessman Bill Maloney proved willing to use his personal wealth in order to win the GOP primary in West Virginia's special gubernatorial election, and the first campaign finance reports from the general election show he's continuing to partially self-fund his bid.
The race has been relatively quiet since the May primary, and finance reports from Maloney and acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin show that their fundraising hasn't fully amped up yet, either.
But while Tomblin raised more than double what Maloney did, the Republican loaned his campaign $150,000 (on top of the $500,000 he loaned the campaign during the primary), and Maloney ended the period with more cash in the bank.
Tomblin raised nearly $180,000 -- a large chunk of it reportedly from a campaign kickoff fundraiser in Charleston -- and ended up with a balance of about $29,000.
Maloney raised just under $74,000 in addition to the loan, and reported having nearly $88,000 in his campaign coffers.
The general election is scheduled for October 4.
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