Interesting Campaign Finance Tidbits

Richie Farmer took money from controversial Monsanto. 31 August 2007 – Monsanto Citizenship Fund – $1,000. If he’s any kind of respectable gentleman he’ll return that grand ASAP.

Leonard and Steven Lawson both gave $1,000 to Crit Luallen on September 20. Leonard is the controversial highway contractor who gives money to everyone– no matter what they’re running for– in hopes of landing the next highway contract. We’re glad to see he hasn’t changed his tune this year.

The man who has tried to sell us all on the Louisville arena– Jim Host attempted to disguise his $500 contribution on June 18th to Stan Lee by listing himself as W. Host. Nice try. Evens out the $500 contribution he gave Lee on 02/02 to $1,000.

In addition to Host? Indicted and pardoned Basil Turbyfill gave Lee $1,000 on 08/23. (He also gave $1,000 to Trey Grayson). Casino maven Bill Butler contributed $1,000 on 08/28 – does this mean Stan supports casino gaming? Strangely, Lee also took in a ton of $100.00 contributions from old campaign funds. 12 of them. What’s going on there?

There’s nothing too controversial about funds raised by Trey Grayson, much to the chagrin of folks who want him to lose. Just the typical Northern Kentucky donors. One interesting contribution to note is on June 5 by Jimmy LaSalvia in the amount of $250. LaSalvia, as many Kentuckians will recall, is part of the Log Cabin Republicans. We thought Grayson didn’t like the gays?

Who knew Brett Hall was still serving as Melinda Wheeler’s campaign manager? Still doesn’t explain why Fletcher’s campaign provided him with their e-mail database or why he’s sending out e-mail blasts for his blog. Brett and his son make up most of Wheeler’s disbursements.

Jim Patterson, former funding giant for the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth gave $1,000 to both Todd Hollenbach and Ernie Fletcher. This may not seem major to you but it’s worth noting that Patterson never took heat for his actions in the Kentucky press and Republicans and Democrats alike have embraced him with open arms. The man hasn’t once offered up an apology for funding the hateful group. That’s a shame because we hear he’s a good guy.

Jack Conway’s primary opponent Bob Bullock gave him $500 on August 16. Certainly the gentlemanly thing to do. Doesn’t happen frequently in other races. Paul & Judi Patton really ponied up: $1,500. And former Apprentice star (who Steve Henry tried to obtain as treasurer) Mark Lamkin contributed $250. Conway’s entire report reads like a who’s who of Kentucky. From Louisville to Prestonsburg. Talk about widespread support. Half of his contributors have probably never given to the same candidate before now.

And there’s nothing really notable in the Beshear report other than what has already been reported.

Did this put you to sleep?

Beshear supporting gay marriage?

Get real. That’s not likely.

We’re not sure how attending a fundraiser hosted by non-heterosexual community leaders means Steve Beshear is out on the front lines fighting for gay marriage.

Ernie Fletcher’s chief spinmeister Brett Hall is attempting to demonize Beshear for not hating gay people enough and in the process is trying to trash openly gay elected officials. (Yes, Brett Hall is still in tight with Ernie)

Hall posted an invitation to a Beshear fundraiser hosted at the home of openly gay Jefferson County Judge-Executive Ken Herndon:

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Without regard to the facts, Hall falsely claims, based on the invitation, that the event was in support of gay marriage and that hosts of the event claim to be married to each other. (He freaks his homophobic self out over the marriage of at least two hosts, Karen Stewart and Janice Conard. The two women were married in Canada– legally married in Canada– it’s not just a claim.)

Fact: The event was held to raise funds for Steve Beshear, not gay marriage. Sure, it was hosted by the big, scary gays. Gay people have money and we spend it just like non-gay people. Travesty, isn’t it?

Mr. Hall goes on to question Steve Beshear’s plans to undermine the “sanctity of marriage” by claiming Beshear has to have a motive for attending an event with gay people. There’s just no way on earth anyone in their right mind would be around some dirty gay folks unless they had a secret pro-gay agenda put in place to ruin marriage, right?

Maybe Beshear was just there to, you know, take their money? Hard to grasp, we know, but some politicians really like taking campaign contributions. What a shocker.

BIG GAY NEWSFLASH: It’s 2007. Gay people exist. We’re elected officials, we operate blogs, we’re in the news, we’re reporters, we host fundraisers, we’re preachers, we’re trusted campaign advisors, we’re police officers, we’re doctors, we’re lawyers, we have children, we’re political players. Heck, some of us are even *gasp* Republicans who work for people like Anne Northup and Mitch McConnell.

It’s time to get over this insane homophobia.

Friday News Fun

Oh, we know you love the drama. And the best drama of all is Ernie Fletcher starting a cat fight with Vicki Glass. Oh snap. Fletcher quipped at Glass for holding a recording device close to him and pushed her arm away. Glass, rightfully so, snapped back telling the man not to push her. We’re no experts here, but, uh, we’re pretty sure no man wants to mess with a woman on a mission. [C-J]

Matthew Shepard Act passed, tacked onto defense spending bill. No worries, haters! Dubya promises a veto. McConnell and Bunning both voted against the measure. They love them some gay-hatin. [AP]

Some day they’ll stop bitching and moaning about gambling. Some day they’ll focus on real issues. Right? Doesn’t look too promising now as not even Steve Beshear will take an opportunity to clear things up. [H-L, PoLWachers]

Poo hits the Lex fan. Lexington’s transportation system (LexTran) union had $49,000 stolen, mostly by its secretary and president. More are expected to be named culprits. What the heck is going on? First Louisville’s Metro Animal Services, now LexTran. [H-L]

Children first. Senate passes SCHIP/children’s health insurance bill with 67 votes– more than the majority needed to overturn a threatened veto by Dubya. McConnell and Bunning voted against it. Big shocker there. [CBS]

No sunshine here. More on Bunning’s mess of trying to cover Dubya’s incompetence up. He put a secret hold on the Presidential Records Amendment. [TP]

Hendrickson or Grayson? The Rural Democrat chimes in in the Secretary of State debate. Did anyone watch it? What about the debate for Secretary of Agriculture? [Rural Democrat]

Standing up. The Courier-Journal covered the Bristol protest. A zillion photos were snapped of folks entering and leaving the eatery but they didn’t make the C-J’s cut. The restaurant’s owner, Pete Peters, is unable to offer any semblance of an apology. Said the Bristol’s policy is to serve all fairly but, uh, policy isn’t the problem. We hope Pete finally gets it. [C-J]

Fashion Emergency! PLEASE HELP

Dear people who wear nice clothing and the gays who make it possible:

Tragedy has struck. Jake accidentally lost like 50lbs and none of his suits and jackets fit.

He is in need of a tailor in the Louisville (or Washington, D.c.) area. Stat.

Suggestions?

Stan Lee: Please ask the gays who care for your Breck girl hair if they know any reputable tailors.

Reminder: Media Ignoring Discrimination by Kentucky Farm Bureau

We remind you that only one major media outlet has paid attention to the story of Todd Eklof being fired by Kentucky Farm Bureau for supporting gay marriage.

One outlet. WHAS11.

Sam Moore, Kentucky Farm Bureau’s former president and current Board member admitted that Eklof was fired for supporting gay rights. KFB admitted it. And it falls to the wayside. Every media outlet in the state has turned a blind eye.

Why is the media afraid of this story? Does it have anything to do with the large amount of KFB advertising dollars? KFB’s 21 lobbyists, 8 of whom are active and key players in Frankfort? Maybe the $40,000 Hunter Bates was paid in 2004-2005 by KFB? Note to media: if WHAS11 can cover it? You, too, can cover it!

What is going on?

If you’re not talking about this with everyone you know– you’re complicit.

Todd Eklof & Kentucky Farm Burea: Vindication

For a refresher, please see the previous story about Eklof and KFB.

Kudos to WHAS11 for FINALLY reporting the Todd Eklof story!




Will the rest of the media see the light? Will we get to read the full story in print?

We’re not holding our breath. But we encourage readers to send their thanks to WHAS11 for shining light on an important matter that’s gotten the cold shoulder from everyone else.

KY Farm Bureau Admits Discrimination, Media Ignores It

Todd Eklof, minister of Clifton Unitarian Church in Louisville, spoke to his congregation in late 2004 about the importance of putting an end to discrimination. He vowed to stop performing marriage and commitment ceremonies for all couples until the anti-gay marriage amendment passed in 2004 is overturned.

Kentucky Farm Bureau (Todd’s employer) didn’t like this stance and fired Eklof shortly thereafter. KFB has claimed in court documents for nearly three years that he was fired for attendance and performance issues, though Eklof has consistently been able to prove (via court documents that are publicly available, No. 05-CI-09390, Jefferson Circuit Court Division 8 ) otherwise. (Read the full story here)

Rev. Eklof’s luck changed in May of this year when Sam Moore, president of KFB at the time of Eklof’s dismissal and a current member of its Board of Directors, admitted under oath that Kentucky Farm Bureau fired Todd Ekloff for being supportive of gay marriage.

Page 29 of the deposition, lines 19 and 20, Moore says in response to the question of why Eklof was terminated, “The marriages, I think. I think that was the main thing.” Click here for the complete deposition.

Sam Moore - KFB Deposition



On September 4, 2007, Eklof sent a press release detailing the admission to every major press outlet in Kentucky. No one covered the story. Not so much as a mention. Kentucky Farm Bureau has one of the largest lobbying entourages in Frankfort and claims to be the “Voice of Kentucky Agriculture” and no one covered the story of admitted discrimination and violation of the Fairness Ordinance.

Where is the mainstream media? Why aren’t the Courier-Journal or Herald-Leader covering this matter? Where are the major television news operations? Why is the story being ignored? Could it have something to do with Kentucky Farm Bureau being one of the largest advertising forces in the state? Are news organizations afraid of losing advertising dollars as a result of coverage? KFB has been known to throw its weight around in the past and it seems likely that the same thing could be happening here. We’ll never know unless the media wakes up.

Further, why is Kentucky Farm Bureau, an organization solely in place to further the interests of farmers and agriculture, advocating against gay marriage in its policies handbook?


KFB Handbook



Everything about this story stinks. We’ll wait to see if the press ever touches it.