CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Attorney General-elect Pat-rick Morrisey is seeking donations to recoup the $943,000 he loaned his campaign this year.
To do so, Morrisey will hold a fundraiser next week in Charleston.
Campaign aides have hoped to raise about $100,000 in December, according to an email from one Morrisey supporter to others.
Republican Morrisey's effort is not unheard of - a point his campaign made when asked about his plans to raise money from donors after the election.
"It's not uncommon for a campaign to raise post-election debt retirement funds, especially in such an expensive and competitive race as this one," Morrisey adviser Scott Will said in a statement. "This is appropriate to ensure that bills and debts are paid."
But the amount of money Morrisey is seeking is unusual for West Virginia, although that's simply a function of how much money he lent his campaign.
According to his latest campaign finance report, which was filed before the election, Morrisey loaned his winning campaign at least $943,000.
For comparison, Democratic state Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis loaned her campaign at least $860,000 this year, according to pre-election campaign filings. But Davis does not plan to hold any post-election fundraisers to get that money back, her campaign spokeswoman Lisa Duvall said in an email.
The Morrisey campaign hoped to raise $100,000 with one fundraiser, according to an email sent to potential supporters by Charleston attorney Danielle Waltz Swann, an associate at Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso.
"I know everyone is (a little) tired of fundraising post election," Waltz Swann, a Republican who does not speak for the campaign, said in the Nov. 14 email.
"However, because the business community is so pleased with the election of our newest Attorney General, there has been overwhelming interest in hosting an event for Attorney General Elect Patrick Morrisey to help relieve his campaign debt."
According to the email, Morrisey aides Will and Shane Wilson hoped to "raise somewhere in the neighborhood of $100,000" at a December fundraiser.