McDaniel fundraising surpasses $1.4 million


LITTLE ROCK — The Attorney General Dustin McDaniel campaign for governor passed $1.4 million with fundraising over the last three months of the year, financial disclosures he filed Tuesday showed.

McDaniel, a Democrat, reported raising $410,527 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 — $386,027 for the 2014 Democratic primary and $24,500 for a runoff. The total pushed his fundraising for the primary to just under $1.3 million and for the runoff to $137,000.

He finished the period with $962,374 on hand.

“We exceeded our goal and I’m pleased with it,” McDaniel said during an appearance at the state Capitol. “So far, everybody seems to be very enthusiastic. Even being in the Capitol today, I’ve had a number of legislators approach me and say they want to offer to help.”

McDaniel is the only Democrat to announce for the governor’s race in 2014 and has vowed to remain in the race despite his recent admission that he had an extramarital affair with Hot Springs lawyer Andrea “Andi” Davis. The attorney general apologized publicly and said he and his second wife, Bobbi, were moving on.

Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson is the only Republican to announce for governor.