Breaking: AG Fundraising Totals In

Oh man, oh man.

PolWatchers has the results (they haven’t yet hit the KREF site so we can pour through them) on the race for Attorney General between Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Stan Lee. At least as far as quarterly fundraising goes.

Wait for it.

Stan Lee raised $183,727.00 and spent $151,591.50. Has $34,835.50 on-hand.

Jack Conway raised $639,644 and spent $184,191.18. Has $455,452.82 on-hand.

Seriously. Dear Leader Stan Lee doesn’t stand a chance at this point. This solidifies it. Bye, Stan! We’ll miss your Breck Girl impersonations.

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.

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.

Summer is over! FINALLY! For real this time!

$$$$$. Ernie Fletcher has raised $3.46 million and has $1.24 million on-hand. Steve Beshear has raised $5.31 million and has $1.68 million on-hand. What’s that sound? Why, it’s the cha-ching you hear coming from a challenger who has far out-raised an incumbent governor. The AP has pushed the story around the state. [C-J, Ledger Independent]

Not til next year. Everyone is reporting what we reported weeks ago. Crit is considering the Senate. Worst kept secret yet. Miraculously, the story has reappeared and everyone is shocked by the news? [Hebert]

Oh snap! Proponents of Louisville’s library tax are displaying some pretty weird behavior. Canceling public appearances left and right, lying to library staff. And Mayor Jerry Abramson (D-only when convenient) puts his foot in his mouth once again by breaking a campaign promise. Promises, promises kids! Don’t make em if you’re gonna break em. Oh, library tax opponents have hit the airwaves. [The ‘Ville Voice, YouTube]

Racism hits UK. After a controversial cartoon appeared in the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper? A threatening racist epithet was scrawled on the door of a black student’s dorm room. My, what an adult state we live in. [C-J]

Still striking. ARH nurses are still on strike throughout Eastern Kentucky and parts of West Virginia. This time the nurses have taken things to the capitol steps in WV. Not surprisingly, ARH still refuses to negotiate. [H-L]

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.