Chaney easily outdoes challenger in campaign fundraising
Chaney, who is seeking his third term as commissioner, reported on his May 8 form with the Secretary of State that he has received $116,425 this year, compared with John Mosley, owner of Clinton Body Shops in Clinton and Richland, who reported $46,250 — more than two-thirds of which, $33,000, came out his own pocket.
Chaney’s cash on hand amount stood at $338,089.43. He said in an interview in March that he would need $300,000 to $400,000 in his war chest. There is no Democratic candidate, so the winner of the primary will become commissioner.
Mosley said in an interview Tuesday that he’s going to put more into his campaign chest.
He cited contributions to Chaney, a former state senator and representative, from large insurance companies. The Travelers Insurance group based in Hartford, Ct. contributed $5,000. Farmers Insurance of Los Angeles donated $1,000. Nationwide Mutual Insurance of Columbus, Ohio, gave $1,000.
Chaney said in a March interview that “we don’t take money from big insurance companies.” He also said that “if I see where I have to regulate somebody” who has offered campaign money he said he would refuse it.