Daniel Mongiardo’s Campaign is Falling Apart

And I’ve got an hilarious gift for you today, dear reader.

Over the last several days I’ve been able to interview several staffers of Daniel Mongiardo’s U.S. Senate campaign and have also spoken with a few people close to the Lt. Governor. The verdict? His campaign is a serious flustercuck. It’s in a complete and total downward spiral. His donors are jumping ship left and right. His second quarter haul was inflated. His real cash on hand is thousands upon thousands of dollars lower than reported. And there’s not a soul in Washington who isn’t pressing Lt. Dan to jump ship.

We could hash that out for days, but I’m sure you only want to hear the juicy parts. Got my hands on a copy of the Mongiardo campaign’s budget. Authored by none other than “Kim” on June 19th.

So let’s dig in.

From what we’ve been able to discern, he’s only hoping to raise $650,000 in the third quarter (he’ll raise like $250K, ha). No one in their right mind believes he can pull that kind of cash based on his second quarter performance. But it’s still a mighty low number. And throughout May 2010, they’re only planning to raise $2,355,000. And even if they could raise that? There’s a planned $135,960 shortfall. See for yourself:

That’s all fine and dandy. Because there’s some really absurd crap going down in Mongiardo land. For instance, they’re paying Geveden $5,000/mo until February when the campaign plans to hire a manager at $11K/mo.Let’s talk salaries of the rest of the staff:

  • Dick Prelopski, Field Director – $5k/mo
  • Floyd S (Seals?), Deputy Field Director – $$3k/mo
  • Western Kentucky Field (Months of Feb-May) – $2,500/mo
  • Louisville Field (Lisa?) – $2K/mo – So the big city is obviously important to them, despite protestations from Kim Geveden and a few Mongiardo supporters.
  • Nothing for field in Eastern Kentucky
  • Jeremiah, Communications – $1,600/mo
  • Kara Ratliff, Call Time Manager/Scheduler – $2K/mo
  • Christina Gilgore, Finance Director – $5K/mo
  • Jared Smith, Eastern Kentucky finance – $2,500/mo
  • Lauren Biggs, Central Kentucky finance – $2,500/mo
  • Eric (?), Northern Kentucky finance – $3K/mo
  • Andrew (?) – $1,600/mo
  • Joey Couch – $3,500/mo

Want the rest of the Mongiardo juicy, juicy? Check it out after the jump…

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Monday Afternoon Dept of News Dumping

Lawyers, Guns and Money unloads on the hypocrisy of Daniel Mongiardo hating Louisville. [Read It]

Hypocritically, Governor Steve Beshear’s office today sent out a press release declaring that Kentucky closed its 2009 fiscal year with a balanced budget without using stimulus funds. So Frankfort was screaming about the sky falling for no reason or there are some shady financial dealings going down right before our very eyes. [Press Release]

Our pal Elisabeth Smith got a major shout-out by Chris Cillizza today! Lis was a spokesperson for Bruce Lunsford’s 2007 gubernatorial campaign and built quite a positive reputation among Kentucky’s press. We’re excited to see Lis move on to such a major role in Governor Corzine’s office. [Washington Post]

We’re all gonna die of the poverty. Unemployment tops 10% in 15 states. [HuffPo]

Mitch McConnell mischaracterized the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the health care bill’s effect on the uninsured. David Gregory, who promised Mark Sanford special treatment, didn’t bother challenging him. You know an argument is weak when you have to go around making shiz up. [Media Matters]

Peep the rest after the jump…

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Tuesday Morning Dept of Foreigner Health Care

We’re giving away tickets to the Blues & Barbecue festival in Louisville this weekend. Enter to win. Lots of tickets to give away. [FREE STUFF!]

Who on earth sends a letter to dozens of people claiming to contain anthrax? Definitely no one sane. Love that the C-J only reports on the Republicans receiving it, though. [C-J]

Cause the Herald-Leader has the full-on story about some nutbag in Big Sandy sending the letters to dozens of offices. [H-L]

What happens when you don’t own the land? Kentucky Democrats are so far behind it’s ridiculous and embarrassing. Pretty sure you’ll want to read this article involving Appalachia. [Keep It Rural]

One of our most favorite people, Mason Rudd, died over the weekend. Sad. [C-J]

Just in case you need another reason not to use your social security number. [Washington Post]

The state school board is interviewing four people for the job of education commissioner. Catherine Cross Maple, Michael Sentance, Dennis Cheek and Terry Holliday. Never, ever a Kentuckian. Ever. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell sure is right about those damn foreigners and their scary health care, isn’t he? [Yglesias]

Who knew? The bid rigging trial will go on. A judge refused to dismiss it. Everyone is so surprised. [Bluegrass Politics]

Pee alert: Glenn “Daniel Mongiardo’s Best Friend” Beck in a nutshell. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Tuesday Morning of SHOO It Is Hot Outside

The State House adjourned yesterday in honor of Matthew Barzun, who was recently nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Sweden.

Check last night’s coverage of the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee meeting where the gambling bill was put to death. [Page One]

The House passed the budget bill but not without criticism. Even the liberals are fed up with it. It’s now clear there really was vote buying going on with the gambling bill. If you voted against it, you didn’t get a school in your district. [Ronnie Ellis]

What will Governor Steve Beshear be known for? Will energy issues be his legacy? In a bad way? Lots of environmentalists seem to think so. Even Brereton Jones thinks he’s walking on thin ice by ignoring tax reform. [Stephenie Steitzer]

The City of Prospect fined that gardening couple again! What an embarrassment. Mayor Todd Eberle and the city council (Loretta Ertel, Stuart Miles, Sandra Leonard, Alan Simon, Sandy Tucci, Mike Scott) should be 100% ashamed of themselves for allowing this to happen. You should contact them all to let them know what meddling butt cramps they are. What a waste of tax dollars. [WHAS11 & Prospect Contact Info]

Read the rest of this mess after the jump…

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Oh Snap Monday! Still Traveling Cross-Country

We’re making our way from San Diego to the Bluegrass today. So. Stuff from Jake will be intermittent. Rick will probably have several stories throughout the day, though, so stick with us.

300+ people showed up for the Kentucky Young Democrats convention. Check out the photographs. KYD folks tell us Daniel Mongiardo’s speech wasn’t just embarrassing– he dropped some weird scenario about Louisville getting hit with a nuclear bomb. The story was apparently so ludicrous that people were cringing. Can’t wait to see the video of that mess. Anyone have details? [KYD’s Flickr]

Ronnie Ellis has the skinny on the 2010 U.S. Senate race and political corruption in Kentucky. [Ronnie Ellis]

Senile(?) Jim Bunning is the hold-out on the confirmation of Kathleen Sebelius. [CQ]

The 51 deficit hawks who want to hand $442,000,000,000 to rich people. [Blue in the Bluegrass]

Jim Bunning wants unity to bring success in elections? [C-J]

Hebert is back from vacation! We missed him. [Mark Hebert]

Media will cover the return of war dead for the first time in 18 years. After dropping a dear friend off at Point Loma yesterday, this seems all the more important. And I’m nervous. [Huffington Post]

And on a similar note, Corporal Lloyd D. Stidham’s (of Beattyville) remains were identified. He was a soldier missing from the Korean War. He’ll be buried April 13th at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville. He was assigned to Company C, 65th Combat Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division. On November 25, 1950, Company C came under enemy attack when it was occupying a position near Hill 222 south of the Kuryong River, east of the “Camel’s Head” bend, North Korea. He was reported missing on November 27th. [Press Release]

These Mongiardo supporters who spend their days attempting to obfuscate and deny are rather interesting. They refuse to answer questions or deal with facts. Imagine that. Go read the comments. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Andy Hightower of the Kentucky Club for Growth says the legislative session in Frankfort was a total disaster. [C-J]

Wednesday Afternoon Dept of These Trying Times

The U.S. Department for Health and Human Services today announced that people who eat more traditional Mediterranean foods seem to be more likely to hold onto their thinking and remembering abilities as they age. Researchers found indications of that when they checked for mild cognitive impairment, which is a stage between normal thinking abilities and dementia. [HHS Health Beat]

Vice President Joe Biden today announced that $1,356,017 in Recover Act funding has been released to provide meals to low-income seniors in Kentucky. The funding is expected to provide nearly 14 million meals nationwide. “Across the country, older Americans depend on senior centers and home delivery programs for regular, healthy meals. Today, more senior citizens are in need, but the programs they depend on are on the brink of reducing their services or closing down,” said Vice President Biden. “The Recovery Act will help ensure older Americans are not forced to choose between paying bills and buying food.” [White House Release, Details]

The top 10 “Green Team” videos are on their way to celebrity judges. Winners will be announced in April. A winner in each of three categories will receive a $1,000 prize. Our money is on Gill Holland’s entry. [Green Team & The Videos]

If you missed the AIG testimony today, check out Wonkette’s liveblog. It’s way better than reality. [Wonkette]

Blind item: Rumors are floating all over Frankfort about an anti-abortion legislator who recently lost a pregnant loved one to suicide– because she was allegedly afraid to embarrass her grandparent. We hope this isn’t the case.  What a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with that legislator who has always been nasty toward us. (Before you complain, note that we’re not naming names. We have some dignity.) [Blind Item Rumor]

Even the mainstream media noticed Steve Beshear’s stimulus website contains little– if any– information. Thanks for the hat tip! [Stephenie Steitzer]

And maybe Beshear and Stumbo could address the fact that most of the road fund really is being given to David Williams? We broke that news over a week ago and five days ago the Courier-Journal ran this piece. It’s worth a flashback because no one in the Beshear Administration has yet to address it. [C-J]

Tea bagging the White House? Really? All right for Faux News. Check the 1:58 mark. [YouTube]

Working for the Courier-Journal and wondering why your bosses received nearly $2 million? While you’ve been forced to accept an unpaid furlough? Yeah, us too. [Huffington Post]

Blue Grass Airport: $500K+ in Outrageous Spending

State Auditor Crit Luallen is at this very moment holding a press conference to discuss her office’s latest audit of the Blue Grass Airport. Over the past several weeks, Luallen’s office has reviewed more than $755,000 in expenses from the past three years (spanning the period January 2006 to December 2008) from now former airport big dogs and has determined that more than $500,000 of expenses are, how should we put it… total bullshiz wastes of both state and federal tax dollars. Heads will roll.

The audit determines that there has been a culture of “shameful” and excessive spending by the airport management team (director of administration and finance, director of operations, director of planning and development, and the director of marketing and community relations along with the manager of administration, who served as the former ED’s assistant). It documents how the former executive director established said culture that provided lavish personal benefits for him and others. The culture flourished as management broke rules and ran circles around airport policies, falsified spending records, received big time salary increases and banked tens (hundreds?) of thousands on airport credit cards.

92% of former executive Michael Gobb’s credit card transactions had no receipts and zero supporting documentation. And a ton of the management team’s expenses lacked documentation or a business purpose, thousands of dollars of which were in direct payments or cash advances.

The audit makes 22 findings and provides 100+ recommendations for improvement. It has been referred to the Office of the Attorney General, the FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. And there are likely major IRS implications.

“With the release of this audit, we are confirming and quantifying earlier reports of shameful and excessive spending by the airport’s former executive director and his management team that did not properly serve the mission of the airport,” Luallen said. “With our recommendations, we are giving the airport board the necessary tools to strengthen its oversight and restore accountability.”

Specific examples of the craziness included $14,000+ for holiday hams, $2,300+ for four shotguns, a rifle and accessories, $1,962 for limousine service in New York City, $7,400 for a 2005 NASCAR Richard Petty “Driving Experience” for staff, $4,000+ at Hobbytown USA and $4,700+ for an overnight Atlanta trip.

The audit also uncovered a $168 charge to Club Venus, a Northern Kentucky “gentlemen’s club” (aka Hookers n Blow Central) and a $702 purchase for champagne (Radio Queen Francene and I have attempted to figure out WTF kind of bubbly that was because neither of us have seen anything above $350, ever) at Pure Las Vegas, a Nevada bar. The audit notes a 2004 purchase totaling $4,400 at a Dallas “strip club” (hookers? blow?) that was earlier reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Some key audit findings noted in Luallen’s press release:

  • The former executive director was involved in an accident resulting in property damage while driving an airport vehicle. No accident report was completed despite the requirement of airport policy.
  • Airport funds were used to purchase more than 400 DVDs – with 69 missing. The former executive director initiated the DVD library.
  • Several years of financial records are missing from the airport and no action was taken to report the loss to law enforcement.
  • The airport nepotism policy was violated on at least three occasions.
  • Two members of the management team were made public safety officers and were issued handguns though not in compliance with airport policy or a requirement of the job descriptions.

CLICK HERE (9mb PDF) for a copy of the audit, which is hundreds of pages long.

See the audit’s findings along with highlights of our favorite expenditures after the jump…

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