Seen this new site being touted by UNITE?
Who is paying Lori Weaver/FtG/Feeding the Globe Marketing for this site? The taxpayers?
The radio ad… who paid for it? Where is it running? How much is being spent?
Since this directs people to contact legislators, has the activity been reported to the Legislative Ethics Commission?
After carping about cash being spent by drug companies on this? They’re now spending untold tax dollars on websites, radio spots and more without disclosing it to the public?
Or is this a non-profit, as they seemingly claim to be while soliciting donations online? There is no information disclosed, as required by law. There’s nothing on file with the Secretary of State.
Something tells us you’ll want to read the rest of this story after the jump, as we expose some quite damaging details…
None of this is helped by the fact that neither Lori Weaver nor any of her businesses operating in Kentucky are registered to conduct business in the Commonwealth.
What’s interesting? Here’s a convention sign-up page for Weaver’s newest employer, Bluegrass Health Media, LLC, which is not registered with the Secretary of State:
Here’s a look at the sign-up page for Operate UNITE’s national prescription drug abuse summit:
Notice any similarities? That’s because Weaver handled both.
Both of those sites are operated by John Kelly and Karen Kelly (married), according to WHOIS data for each website.
Here’s Karen tweeting about it:
Is Karen funneling UNITE money to her husband’s company? John’s company is, at least in part, running the Drug Summit event at Disney World in Orlando. Could UNITE have figured out that this would cause public outrage? Is that why they changed who the checks were sent to? Karen is making mountains of cash at UNITE and is funneling untold amounts to her husband, who is also getting paid.
Is Lori Weaver working for Chris Nolan, a lobbyist listed on the UNITE sign-up page and as CFO of Bluegrass Business Media (aka Healthcare Business Media) and MMLK (of interest: Merck is a client of MMLK. How can Merck pay lobbyists who are taking money to fight in support of an effort they’re trying to stop?) in Frankfort?
Note: Nolan initially handled all the money for the UNITE conference:
But they eventually updated the address for check processing to be handled by the UNITE Foundation:
Is all of this activity being reported to the LEC? And if contributions are going to UNITE, why isn’t that disclosed? (UPDATE: Chris Nolan at MMLK says it’s not him. Doesn’t change the fact that there is zero transparency and accountability. Doesn’t change the fact that lobbying is going on.)
Seems to us that this is a lobbying effort soliciting donations without proper registration or disclosure.
That thing you smell?
It’s corruption and general shadiness all under the guise of protecting the public’s interest.
It’s all just a money making RACKET.
All with your tax dollars.
P.S. In committee today, Phil Osborne’s gal was seated right next to Karen – where she always is. As you know, any funds Phil’s business receives from UNITE don’t have to be disclosed.
UPDATE @ 2:38:
Karen Kelly responded on Twitter saying, “”Realfactsaboutmeth is a 527. Jackie Steele is the chair. My husband donated-the public is donating too.”
She said we were “wrong again.”
About what? That proper disclosure wasn’t made? That she’s making mountains of cash under the guise of protecting the public?
Or that lobbying is being conducted without reporting?
Maybe that she’s paying friends with your taxpayer dollars?
Or – still yet – that they don’t have to report the specifics how their dollars are spent in general?
Don’t hold your breath about getting the truth.