Ernest Lee Goes to Camp

Jesus Camp. Where he returns to preaching in just 20 days. Where he’ll be worshiping George W. Bush and praying for all gays to disappear.

His latest campaign commercial has been released. It’s a 60-second doozy that recycles some lies from Ernie’s past.

$1 billion deficit? Uh, that’s off by about $700 million. Alessi has pointed those facts out at least fifteen different times. Nice try, Gubnuh.

And you thought the lies were over… hahaha.

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Source: Davis Under Investigation

It’s no secret that Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY4) has strong ties to disgraced Jack Abramoff, Bob Ney and Tom DeLay. He has taken $30,000 from DeLay’s ARMPAC, $4,000 from Ney and $11,000 from Duke Cunningham. It’s also no surprise that he’s been a strong supporter of weakened House ethics rules.

So is it surprising to learn that Davis is currently involved in an investigation for possibly accepting laundered campaign contributions?

An impeccable source close to the federal investigation tells us that while Rep. Davis hasn’t officially been accused of any wrongdoing, it “doesn’t look pretty.”

We haven’t been able to get anyone to speak on the record. What we did get, however, is a big fat “there’s no way we’ll discuss an ongoing investigation.”

Just some headlines for your Friday

We’re satisfied with all the funny stuff in the news this week so we’ll spare you the commentary today.

Fletcher still trails Beshear in polls and fundraising [Daily Times]

Massaging the Numbers [C-J]

Fletcher, Beshear head to Paducah for debate [H-L]

Business First offers a misleading story: Kentucky’s tax climate for biz ranks 36th nationwide [Business First]

McConnell Staffer Linked to Criticism of 12-year-old [Hebert]

Taking on the Family Foundation’s craziness: Domestic Partners [C-J]

More Republicans Outraged by Fletcherism [StraightNFlush]

Breaking: McConnell Staffer Responsible for SCHIP Smear Campaign

From Think Progress:

Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that there was mounting evidence that a staffer for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may have been involved in the right-wing campaign to smear Graeme Frost and his family.

ABC News reported earlier in the week that an e-mail sent to reporters by “a Senate Republican leadership aide” in McConnell’s office suggested that “GOP aides were complicit in spreading disparaging information about the Frosts.” A McConnell spokesman refused to deny the office’s involvement in the affair.

ThinkProgress has obtained an email that congressional sources tell us was sent to reporters by Sen. McConnell’s communications director Don Stewart.

What the hell is this? The most powerful senator in the United States has his communications director rely on blogs for information used to falsely attack children? When did the private lives of non-officials become fair game in political smear stunts? Do we really want to go there? Because we will if we must.

Mr. Stewart must resign and McConnell needs to apologize. Now.

Where’s the mainstream media on this?

Click here for the rest of the report.

Fletcher/RGA Illegal Coordination

To follow up on a story about Ernie Fletcher and alleged illegal coordination with the Republican Governors Association yesterday– you have got to check out this story in today’s New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Louisiana caught on to the RGA’s illegal coordination with Ernie Fletcher and they’re calling gubernatorial candidate Bobby Jindal out for it. Apparently, Jindal’s RGA-sponsored ads are just like Ernie Fletcher’s non-RGA ads– right down to the ‘I *Heart* UK’ artwork on the classroom wall.

The RGA is spinning this one:

Chris Schrimpf, a spokesman for the governor’s association, explained that the group sometimes uses “stock footage” in its commercials to save money on production costs. That would explain why the video looks strikingly similar to an education-themed ad that ran this spring on behalf of Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

Stock footage? Please, tell us, what big name production companies use stock footage as major as this? None. No one does it. Especially not Fred Davis. Especially not something so clearly produced for Ernie Fletcher.