The More You Know Dept

From a reliable source: Steve Beshear will report more than $4million raised on his October report with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. That amount doesn’t include what’s been raised in the KDP’s coffers. His downtown Louisville fundraiser tonight will allegedly be the largest in the campaign’s history. [Source]

Ernie Fletcher features another gambling addict in an ad. This time from Kansas City, MO. Here’s the ad. We’re tired of commercials. Is it November yet? [C-J’s Arena, The Internets]

Political Wire says Kentucky Republicans are in trouble. Kentuckians roll their eyes, not surprised. [Political Wire]

Funny. No, Louisville isn’t “Yarmuth Liberal” – it’s a heck of a lot more liberal than John. That’s for certain. [BGRS]

Even Richmond is talking about McConnell & Rogers being on the most corrupt list. [Richmond Register]

Moving on? Steve Henry’s long-time campaign guy and former treasurer Greg Schell has left his political consulting life. He’s moved on to Louisville’s Arison Insurance Services, Inc as a sales executive. Prediction: the Henry money pot has dried up. [C-J]

Come on, Kentucky! Get rich quick schemes are just that— schemes. No pyramid crap, either. Don’t listen to the lady in the coffee shop trying to turn you into “travel agent” unless she’s registered with the Attorney General’s office. [Consumer Affairs]

RGA’s First Ad for Ernest Lee

As we were first to report yesterday, here’s the Republican Governors Association’s first commercial in support of Fletcher:




The first buy extends from Sept 12 – 18 and is running at or above media saturation levels in Lexington and Louisville.

John Stamper has additional information and provides a link to the RGA’s anti-Beshear website. Guns, God & Gays– Ernie will save us from them! That appears to be their mantra.

Big Money Mitch ad to air…

During tonight’s ESPN’s broadcast of Monday Night Football. We call that kind of a big deal.

Click here to see the ad critical of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s financial dealings.

Patience really is a virtue. Okay, okay. We’re told it’s a virtue. Appears to be true in this circumstance.

Will the RSCC again release a statement about the evils of Public Campaign Action Fund? Or will they forget that they’ve been told to bow before Master Mitch’s about-face on campaign finance reform?

Media catches up to McConnell… three days late

Louisville media finally caught up to Mitch McConnell and his buddies at Insight Communications. Three days late, both WLKY and WHAS11 aired coverage of the controversy. Please see previous posts if you’re not sure what we’re talking about.

As noted earlier, Insight caved to scrutiny and decided to air the ad critical of Big Money McConnell.

While it’s great two television stations are catching up to the news, it’s a bit troubling when they (WHAS11) incorrectly report the facts. The station referred to Public Campaign Action Fund as a “liberal group” when they’re definitely not. Visit their website to learn that they’re a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to improve campaign finance law. WHAS11 also reported McConnell had received $14,000 in campaign contributions from Insight. The truth is he’s received more than $17,000 in direct contributions from Insight’s executives. Puzzling that they could get two easily verifiable bits of information so far off the mark of accuracy. Especially when we know they read Page One and other sites which detailed the story as it unfolded.

View the coverage here:

WLKY:




WHAS11:


Warning: Kentuckians demand answers from Insight!

Public Campaign Action Fund just released a statement in response to Insight Communication’s weird decision to pull a commercial critical of Mitch McConnell. Read the full release here.

An excerpt:

“Executives at cable giant Insight Communications have given Senator Mitch McConnell $17,000 in campaign contributions for his campaigns. And they now are helping him even more by engaging in political censorship by refusing to run Public Campaign Action Fund’s commercial that criticizes McConnell for his special interest politics.

“Network affiliates and another cable system in Kentucky ran the ad after reviewing its content for accuracy. But with Insight, Public Campaign Action Fund was neither given an opportunity to respond to any of their concerns, nor were we notified of their decision to pull the commercial from rotation on a prime viewing slot. This is highly irregular and their action reeks of censorship.

To pull further from their relese, PCAF raises important questions that we’ll unfortunately probably never have answers to:

  1. Since every other outlet in Kentucky ran the ad after reviewing its content for accuracy, what is Insight’s justification for deciding not to air the ad?
  2. Which executives made this decision and did they make it without reviewing the background documentation that supports the ad that other media companies found adequate?
  3. What role did Insight lobbyist Keith Hall or Insight CEO Mike Willmer, both McConnell donors and allies, play in making this decision to censor the ad? Were they or anyone else at Insight urged by McConnell or his aides to censor this ad?
  4. What has Mitch McConnell done for Insight on the issues that directly impact Insight’s bottom line?
  5. Has Insight lobbied McConnell to further its interests, and how much campaign money have Willner and his associates bundled for McConnell’s campaigns and PACs?

The pulling of PCAF’s ad critical of McConnell reeks of censorship and is a complete violation of freedom of speech. McConnell, who supports flag burning and says he believes freedom of speech is one of the most important rights we have as citizens, is the very person stifling dissent.

Forget 2007. It’s already decided. 2008 is ON. Discussion and promotion of campaigns and candidates in 2008 will not affect fundraising or focus in this year’s election. We’re less than 8 weeks away from E-Day and we think it’s time to start the next cycle early.

UPDATE: Insight has approved the ad for airing.

BREAKING – Steve Henry’s at it again

Hebert has the full story. Check it out for more details and choice quotes.

Seems our old friend Steve Henry isn’t just calling a few people volunteers and data entry guys, he’s now alleging Brian Wright (a consultant who wrote position papers for his campaign) was a volunteer. That’s an about face from a few weeks ago when Henry said he didn’t know if he had been paid.

Now Henry is being called out by Articulated Man, the Chicago-based web development company that produced his website. This makes three web development firms in a row he hasn’t paid or has had difficulty paying. The first, operated by a guy named Eric, developed a site for Henry prior to his filing for office (click here for a screenshot of that site— note the logo on that site was designed by yet another firm left unpaid). The second was a company operated by Lucy Steilberg (the former Mrs. John Schumaker). Now this.

Henry says he doesn’t know what’s been paid or what he owes– but he’s his own campaign treasurer. No one to blame but himself. Another notch on the log.

Here’s the story as it appeared a few moments ago:



What? MORE Vets for Freedom Crap? Right here at home.

Page One has learned that AIPAC will host a fundraiser at tax-exempt, partially taxpayer-funded Jewish Hospital in downtown Louisville on September 10. Its “honored” guest will be none other than Dan Senor, original architect and spokesperson for the Iraq debacle who disbanded the Iraqi army and “lost” $6 Billion. The same Dan Senor who was a part of the controversial Vets for Freedom and the Carlyle Group.

A reader questions whether or not a partisan, indicted (convicted?)-for-espionage political organization like AIPAC should be able to benefit from and have its fundraiser at Jewish Hospital. That’s a good question to ask and is worthy of further examination.

Why not avoid controversy and hold the event at a private location like a downtown hotel?