Breaking: Fletcher Up Campaign Finance Crap Creek

The Kentucky Democratic Party today filed a complaint with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance against the Republican Governors Association & Ernie Fletcher.

In the complaint KDP alleges the RGA violated campaign finance law by exceeding the $1,000 limit placed on in-kind contributions by operating a website that actively pushes for the election of Fletcher and by running commercials that advocate the defeat of Steve Beshear. All while in collusion with Fletcher, of course.

While some of the other charges possibly won’t stick, Fletcher and the RGA are likely to be cited by the KREF for violating the in-kind contribution limit. Doesn’t seem too likely any of these acts could be considered independent expenditures since the violations are outlined so clearly. As Pol Watchers reports, $5,000 fines could be doled out for violations. Anything willful could be referred to the AG.

Not a great week for the Gubnuh.

News Drama Daily Briefing Dept

Oh, the drama.

Most Kentuckians approve of the job Greg Stumbo has done but a few say they wouldn’t vote for him to be dog catcher. [C-J 1, 2]

Mitch McConnell queens out, cuts Dianne Feinstein’s head off, screams “I want the guy who suppressed the black vote to run the FEC!” [SacBee]

Mitchy’s reelection a safe bet? The Hill thinks so. But they see a ton of Republicans coming out of the woodwork to challenge whether or not he’s Republican enough. [The Hill]

Not in my Kentucky home? Bowling Green woman sums up the hypocrisy of Ernie Fletcher opposing casinos in one sentence, “With the way our governor operates, it is surprising he opposes casinos because it would represent a huge opportunity for him and his cronies to feed at the trough of corruption.” [BG Daily News]

Remembering is tough. Steve Beshear finally remembers parts of what went down with Kentucky Central. Looks like everyone involved has a horrible memory. It’s time for the “secret” report to be released by the judge so we can get on with this retarded fiasco. I mean, if it was too terrible, don’t you think we’d already be reading it? [PolWatchers]

Rallying the faithful. Dan Mongiardo comes out of hiding to open Democratic Headquarters in E-town, champions the work of Hardin County politicos. He warned, surprisingly to some, not to put too much faith in polling data when he recalled his race against Jim Bunning in 2004. Speaking of polling, seems there’s a bit of a controversy brewing over the “Insider Advantage” data. [News-Enterprise, BGR]

Selling out to big coal is not enough. Jody Richards on the hunt. Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman is under investigation, thanks to House Speaker and sellout Jody Richards. Everyone and their mother says Sherman has created a hostile work environment wrought with favoritism and bitchiness. Oh, the drama of Frankfort. [Hebert]

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.



Rumors on the Internets: The News

She’s just a working girl. Heh. Julie McPeak, a Democrat and Fletcher panderer, is looking for a job. And is apparently afraid of Steve Beshear. [H-L]

Nothing slips by David Hawpe– unless it bores him. Fortunately, Mitch McConnell’s tripe about the MoveOn ad isn’t something that got by. He reminds us that Mitch’s poop actually stinks. Should also point out that McConnell’s disapproval rating is at an all-time high among Democrats in Kentucky. [C-J, DMKY]

The Hispanic business community catches on to Bunning’s ignorance, recognizes the importance of not giving any president unlimited power in preventing the truth to come out. [HB]

Evil liberals are evil for wanting evil health care for those who need it most. Apparently, providing care 99% of the free world provides is the downfall of society and the reason our country is going bankrupt. It has nothing to do, of course, with the trillions of dollars of debt the Bush administration has racked up. [KY Progress]

Polar ice caps aren’t melting– it’s made-up! At least that’s what a strong majority (62%) of those who approve of McConnell believe. Can’t let science get in the way of ignorance and hating the gays. When we grow up we want to base our political ideology on a knee-jerk reaction to a single issue, too! [SUSA]

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.