Politics As Usual for Fischer, Miller, Williams

Fischer Out of Water: Here at Page One, we’ve been pretty critical of Greg Fischer’s plans to run for Senate in the Democratic primary. Now that he’s announced his candidacy via an online video, well, we see little reason to let up. In the video, Fischer, seated in an office setting, wearing an open collar blue shirt, says he’s running because Mitch McConnell “doesn’t represent us anymore.” He is for “change” in Washington, but he delivers the message as if he’s talking to a corporate board. Fischer has done well in business, but sticking his toe in the water in a U.S. Senate race seems like a bad business decision.

Getting Away With…: So now that the Personnel Cabinet has decided not to investigate Jonathan Miller’s dubious story about his relationship with his former deputy Brooke Parker, Miller seems to have escaped any legal consequences. But the questions asked here remain. He still hasn’t come clean on the trip he took with Parker to Vegas just after he dropped out of the May primary, and why he lied about it to the press when he was first questioned. Anyone with remote reading-between-the-lines skills could figure out that it takes more than good work habits to earn a 380 percent raise in state government. Steve Beshear’s idea-quest for saving the state some money could include checking salary increases given to secretaries.

Here’s one for the Idea-Quest: Who are they kidding? If you thought the new Gov and the powerful Senate leader were going to get along, well, you might be one to believe that Brooke Parker was just a really good Treasurery Department employee. Beshear saved the state $11.9 million by canceling a change order that would have straightened a road in David Williams‘ district. Williams said it was a political move. Beshear, faced with more bad budget news today, should be looking closely at anything approved in the last month of the Fletcher Administration.

More of Fischer Breaking the Rules?

Yes. We’re beating a dead horse again but this is worth talking about. Like we reported on January 3rd, Greg Fischer really enjoys raising suspicion around potential FEC violations.

This time he is registering domain names via his LLC, Iceberg Ventures, while using an employee of his corporation, Dant Clayton, as the administrative contact for his websites. Utilizing his LLC to do work for his campaign is fine, as long as it is reported to the FEC as an in-kind contribution that does not exceed $1,000. But using an employee of his corporation as an administrative contact for a campaign site? That’s an illegal corporate contribution. The only way to get around it is for his campaign to pay the corporation for its services and to reimburse the employee’s wages. But there’s a problem with that– Greg Fischer hasn’t officially announced his candidacy, so paying for services or receiving contributions at this point doesn’t jive with FEC regulations and campaign finance laws.

Those websites include:

Is this what the Democratic Party really wants as a Senate candidate? Someone who skirts the law, no matter how insignificant?

See screenshots of the registrations after the jump…

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Greg Fischer & Self-Funding

Has someone recently explained the millionaires’ rule to Greg Fischer and the young people at the KDP? Did they just figure out that Fischer would be a waste?

Forgot to mention this last week, but, the Millionaires’ Rule (Millionaires’ Amendment) is kind of a big deal in this Senate race. And the only person it really affects is Greg Fischer. (Bruce Lunsford is so wealthy it doesn’t even come into play. He could write a $20 million check and never think twice about it.)

Here’s the dilly, kids: Once Greg Fischer loans about $600,000 to his campaign, Mitch McConnell can at that point allow all of his contributors to double their contribution amount. Meaning Mitch could easily have $20 million on-hand in no time.

If Fischer gave his campaign about $1.4 million, McConnell would then be able to triple the contribution amounts from all of his money men. So… how does $30 million sound?

Yeah. Exactly. That’s why Fischer can’t contribute a wad of cash because he just doesn’t have enough to keep up. He’s afraid of losing money and doesn’t want to win badly enough.

At a Christmas party Greg Fischer told numerous people he would drop $5 million into his campaign. A week later, after getting a bit of an FEC education, Fischer is saying he can only drop in $200,000. He and the Party now realize dropping any more into the race would sink his faux progressive ship faster than Fat Albert in a pool with floaties.

More after the jump…

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Fischer Reminder. AKA Slow News Day.

When Greg Fischer announces his bid to run for the United States Senate against Mitch McConnell next week, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Fischer has contributed to hardcore Republicans over the years, along with his right-wing family. He’s running as a Democrat in a Democratic primary so I’ve no idea how he thinks he can escape such recent campaign finance activity. Those contributions include:

FISCHER, GREG
$250.00 on 07/01/1998
JACKSON, REBECCA for
COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE – JEFFERSON
GENERAL – 11/03/1998

FISCHER, GREG
NORTHUP, ANNE M
VIA ANNE NORTHUP FOR CONGRESS
10/08/1998
250.00

FISCHER, GREG
NORTHUP, ANNE M
VIA ANNE NORTHUP FOR CONGRESS
10/03/2000
350.00

Fischer has potentially already run afoul of FEC guidelines and campaign finance law before announcing a candidacy, as is outlined here.

Fischer has a history of being a union buster.

And as our source at the Kentucky Democratic Party revealed to us last night, Greg Fischer was asked to stay out of the race by a high-level party official just days ago. Why, you might ask? Because Fischer told the Party (along with about a dozen others we’ve spoken to recently) that he’s now only planning on loaning his campaign $200,000. Meaning he doesn’t even come close to giving David L. Williams a run for his money, let alone Andrew Horne. So much for telling everyone he can finance his own race.

Just food for thought.

Fischer Update

That Greg Fischer rumor? It was close.

We heard yesterday afternoon that the rumor was true– just a week off. And from last night:

Louisville businessman Greg Fischer has told several people that he’s running for the U.S. Senate. He will apparently make his candidacy official next week.

Horne says, if Fischer runs, he’ll discover the same thing Bruce Lunsford has, that money can’t buy a win in a democratic primary race. Horne says, since he announced his campaign a couple of weeks ago, he’s gotten positive responses across Kentucky.

Beyond Fischer running for senate, as we’ve reported for weeks, we hear his key advisor is afraid to go public because all of his friends and colleagues support Andrew Horne. Never mind that self-funders don’t make it in Democratic primaries as Bruce Lunsford proved in 2003 and 2007. Everyone is already backing Horne.

It sure is gonna be interesting to watch Richie Rich choke in May. All of his Republican friends and family won’t be able to save him. No wealthy brothers. No Owsley. No Christy. He’ll learn the hard way that everyday working men and women of the Commonwealth will come out in full force against him. They’re on their way.

Rumors on the Internets: The budget & stuff

Kentucky’s Al Mohler wants to be president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Mohler, head of the Souther Baptist Seminary in Louisville is behind the Christian “exit” from public schools and has speculated for a while– publicly– about “fixing” the gays. [H-L]

Boptrot is back. Bob Foster, an FBI investigator from the O.B. days has been hired by Jack Conway to head the Attorney General’s investigations unit in Frankfort. He’s a former head of the FBI’s Eastern District Office and was most recently head of the Transportation Security Administration in Louisville. [Hebert]

The state senate is trying yet again to improve math and science. Along with providing incentive pay for teachers to work in those fields. Ken Winters is pushing for it. Even though the KEA says pay increases are whack. Looks like more counting on their fingers ahead. [H-L]

Andy Alcock had an exclusive story last night about a middle school boy who wanted to join East Hardin Middle School’s cheerleading squad. The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, responding to a lawsuit, ordered the school to pay the parents $3,000. The settlement includes an order for the school to undergo training sessions and produce reports on its progress. The coach who cut the kid from the team is no longer there. Maybe she should have found a spot for him. [WLKY]

Bucks for Brains is screwed until the budget ordeal is over. King David Williams says so. Maybe Steve Henry could donate his salary to the program for a while like… oh, right, turns out that never happened. [C-J]

Steve Beshear still afraid to raise the cigarette tax to be in line with other states. Even though Ernie Fletcher said the current tax rate has worked well for reducing teen smoking. And even after the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids announced an increase would provide Kentucky with over $300 million per year in additional revenue. [PolWatchers]

Senate Rumors: Fischer to Announce Tomorrow?

Just rumor. It’s a terribly slow news day so we figured it’d be good blog filler.

We’ve heard from a number of people that Greg Fischer is set to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate tomorrow. And that he’ll have former Louisville mayor David Armstrong as a backer.

Thoughts?

Imagine it. Dave Armstrong supporting a union buster in a Democratic primary. That is, if it’s not just a rumor.