Website Wars: Who Has the Best?

Kentucky’s announced (so far) candidates for U.S. Senate are making the rounds. From Pikeville to Paducah, they’re all over the place. One of the most important places for them to be is on George Dubya’s “internets” and for the most part that’s where they all are. To varying degrees, of course.

We thought it’d be fun to pay each site a visit to see who has the best grasp of these internets. Things aren’t as you’d expect.

Let’s jump right in.

Ranked by appearance and overall functionality

1. Greg Fischer

Greg Fischer’s web geeks really *get* it. His site is clean and appealing in the same way John Edwards’ site draws you in. It’s pretty. Soothing shades of blue and red combine well with easy-to-read typefaces. The fading family photo doesn’t hurt. Navigation is simple and at no point could a visitor to the site have difficulty finding what they need. Signing up for email updates couldn’t be easier, as the “GET UPDATES” field is featured prominently on the top of the page. Right where it needs to be. (Something Andrew Horne should have learned from 2006.)

Find out where the rest of the cards fall after the jump…

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Republican Party Taking Things Too Far with Fischer?

Probably. But we love Jack Richardson. (email us sometime, Jack!) And now you know why Greg Fischer’s two supporters were out in full force yesterday.

In an article about Greg Fischer’s campaign activity before announcing and filing his candidacy for U.S. Senate (you should have just announced a couple weeks ago, Greg), the C-J’s Joe Gerth examines a complaint by GOP Chairman Jack Richardson of Jefferson County. Richardson is claiming, as we have questioned and discussed on Page One, that Fischer has violated campaign finance law by making corporate contributions to his campaign.

For the purposes of full disclosure: this website was mentioned in the article.

From the C-J:

Fischer, in an e-mail, directed those wanting jobs with the campaign to apply to someone other than his address at a Dant Clayton e-mail address.

That a Dant Clayton employee is the contact person listed for those applying for campaign jobs.

And, that a Fischer business is listed as the owner of several Internet domain names that deal with a Fischer Senate bid, including gregfischer.com, which is Fischer’s campaign Web site.

Richardson claims that all those things violate a federal ban on corporations making contributions to or expenditures on behalf of candidates.

See the following stories for more on this:

We’d like to again point out as we have in the past that making corporate contributions is illegal and any corporate contribution and use of manpower from a corporation must be reimbursed by a campaign. It’s the first rule of campaign law and even political novices understand that corporate contributions aren’t allowed. And no, being able to reimburse those contributions doesn’t justify them. They should not occur to begin with because there are campaign finance regulations put in place to stop them.

Much more after the jump…

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Greg Fischer’s Familial Ties

Jake is back, kinda. But not fully until sometime next week.

Can’t let a day go by without some criticism right?

This past October Greg Fischer’s brother Chris went on a little fishing trip with none other than George W. Bush. While not a reflection of Fischer’s beliefs or an indication that he’s friends with Dubya, it’s certainly an indication of how closely related to those beliefs and relationships he is. I mean, other than all of his family being registered Republicans. Which is, again, something he can’t help.

Point is… it all suggests Greg Fischer is a conservative product of conservativism. Something that won’t win a Democratic primary.

Do you want to elect someone so closely tied with the Bush regime? That’s almost as silly as Fischer saying he had to work to put himself through college.

Greg Fischer needs to do something positive like, oh, right now. So we can stop reporting the negative 24/7.

Further: To the Fischer hacks who want to continue threatening us with lawsuits and claiming we’re slanderous liars for reporting on Fischer’s campaign activity? At least have the cajones to use your real name. (And, we’d love the publicity a lawsuit would muster up… and the damage it’d do to a candidacy.)

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.