Children’s Health or Big Money Donors?

Remember when McConnell used to support campaign finance reform? Yeah? Those days are over.

Mitch McConnell continues to oppose legislation that would help provide health coverage to 158,000 children across Kentucky.

Public Campaign Action Fund has produced a web ad pointing out that McConnell would rather put the needs of his big tobacco campaign contributors ahead of the health of children.



Autopsies, Drugs & Money

Ron Holmes, Jefferson County’s Democratic Coroner and well-known author, has lost his marbles. He’s innocent until proven guilty, of course, but there’s no way we can ignore this circus.

Holmes is under investigation for pulling a Steve Henry. Current and former deputies accuse him of using office funds for himself. More specifically, the Coroner’s office raises money for a program that buys grave markers for indigents and Holmes has allegedly spent it on God knows what.

He’s also accused of illegally seizing prescription medications from investigation scenes, requiring they be given directly to him. Holmes told WHAS11 News it’s bunk and then those accusing him produced photos of the medications inside his desk and other personal areas.

And like Steve Henry he’s (allegedly) illegally pushed for campaign contributions– demanding that his deputies donate or face losing their jobs. One of those deputies, Mark Handy, confirmed for WHAS11 that Holmes made the threats while asking for funds.

Just days later– after speaking to the media– Mark Handy was fired. Handy says it was in retaliation for speaking out and it’s difficult to believe anything else. Especially with Holmes refusing to provide justification for the termination, only saying Handy was canned for “several other reasons.” Hoo boy.

Get ready, boys and girls. The circus has just begun.

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.