Fletcher’s Campaign Finance Realities

Campaign finance reports are a great way to determine where candidate loyalties exist. Thankfully, today we get to examine the reports of all candidates running for constitutional office in Kentucky.

Ever wondered specifically to whom Ernie Fletcher is beholden?

If ever one needed more evidence that Ernie Fletcher is in bed with big health and big health-aligned organizations, then take a look at his latest campaign finance report with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

21 June 2007 – Citizens for “Affordable” Healthcare – $1,000
05 July 2007 – Amgen Political Action Committee – $1,000
11 July 2007 – First Health Group Corp PAC – $1,000
17 July 2007 – Schering-Plough Corp. Better Government Fund – $500
17 July 2007 – Epic Kentucky Pharmpac – $500
17 July 2007 – HCA Good Government Fund – $1,000
17 July 2007 – Lifepoint Hospitals Inc – $1,000
17 July 2007 – Kentucky Opticians Committee for Political Education – $1,000
01 August 2007 – Kentucky Society of Interventional Pain – $1,000
03 August 2007 – EDS PAC (for reference) – $1,000
15 August 2007 – Senior Care Inc. PAC – $1,000
16 August 2007 – Kentucky Dental PAC – $1,000
20 August 2007 – American Society of Interventional Pain – $1,000
28 August 2007 – Kentucky Academy of Audiology PAC – $1,000
16 September 2007 – Kindred Healthcare Inc PAC – $1,000
16 September 2007 – Sun Healthcare PAC – $1,000
16 September 2007 – National Health Corporation PAC – $1,000
22 September 2007 – Humana Kentucky PAC – $1,000
05 October 2007 – KSA-PAC – $1,000
05 October 2007 – Merk(sic) Employees PAC – $1,000

$19,000 received from mega health and the health insurance industry.

And what about big tobacco?

15 August 2007 – USTEAM PAC – $1,000

Or big energy?

28 August 2007 – E. On U.S. – $1,000
05 October 2007 – Atmos Energy PAC – $1,000

How about the casino/gaming industry that Fletcher so fervently says he opposes?

05 October 2007 – KY. Charitable Gaming Assoc. PAC – $970

Further, Fletcher is still in tight with casino maven Bill Butler. Even beyond his $100,000 casino fundraiser and multiple receipts over the years. On September 26, 2007 the Fletcher campaign paid Corporex Companies, LLC $63.55 for postage. What’s that? Bill & his company sent out a letter for Ernie?

Yeah.

Casino Advocate a Major Fletcher Supporter

Hypocrisy in the Fletcher campaign? What? Perhaps our dear Preacher/Doctor/Governor needs a refresher. Recall the commercials with which Ernie flooded the airwaves. Casinos bad, church good! Remember? Great.

Who has contributed to and helped raise more than $100,000 for Ernie Fletcher? None other than Northern Kentucky developer William P. Butler, a man who has for years vigorously fought to build a land-based casino in Covington. In fact, the Herald-Leader described Bill Butler (along with Jerry Carroll) as one of Kentucky’s most pro-casino businessmen.

“Two of Kentucky’s most outspoken advocates of full-scale casino gambling have lined up behind Republican Ernie Fletcher in this fall’s race for governor.”

-Lexington Herald-Leader, “Key Casino Advocates Back Fletcher,” 10/24/2003

Interesting, right?

Some facts:

  • Butler served as co-chair of Fletcher’s Northern Kentucky fundraising in 2003
  • Butler contributed $15,000 to Fletcher’s inaugural committee in 2003
  • Butler gave $1,000 to Fletcher’s current reelection campaign in December 2006
  • Fletcher raised at least $103,500 during a 2007 fundraiser hosted by Butler
  • Executives and employees of Butler’s company Corporex contributed $7,500 to Fletcher

It gets better:

William Butler was one of only three businessmen to whom Fletcher awarded the 2005 Governor’s Economic Development Leadership award during the Tenth Annual Governor’s Economic Development Leadership Awards Dinner.

Just a bit of the never-ending hypocrisy surrounding Ernie Fletcher and casino gaming. Feel free to search for yourself at the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance website. Use the contributor search terms “William P. Butler,” “Bill Butler,” and “Corporex” in the employee search.