- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky’s two major political parties raised close to $1 million combined in August leading up to the pivotal November elections.

The Kentucky Democratic Party reported it raised more than $498,000 in August. The party that controls the state House and the governor’s office has raised more than $1.3 million in 2014 and has a little over $474,000 in cash available. Notable contributors included $5,000 each from actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, $10,000 each from the chairman and CEO of the R.J. Corman Railroad Group and $137,000 from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The Republican Party of Kentucky raised more than $455,000 in August. The party that controls the state Senate and all but one of the of the state’s federal offices has raised more than $2 million in 2014 and has $2.1 million in cash available. Notable contributors include $2,500 from Dow Corning, Duke Energy and Marathon Oil and $122,000 from the Republican National Committee.

The Nov. 4 election will determine Kentucky’s U.S. Senator and which party controls the state House of Representatives.

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