BREAKING – Insight Says No to Anti-McConnell Ad

Senator Mitch McConnell used his clout with Insight Communications to have ads targeting him pulled from the air.

While the commercial incorrectly alleged that McConnell voted against funding for body armor, it’s not reason enough in our minds to have it pulled. Not after Insight has run despicable and factually incorrect ads supporting the slaughter in Iraq.

The ad is still running on broadcast stations throughout Kentucky, including tonight’s NFL opener on NBC affiliates.

It’s interesting to note that McConnell has received $17,000 in campaign contributions from Insight employees.

See?

ABBOT, JOHN F
NEW YORK,NY 10280
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS/CFO
3/30/2007
$2,000

BRECHER, ELLIOT MR
NEW YORK,NY 10019
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS/GENERAL COUN
9/25/2006
$1,000

DIETZ, CHARLES E
ORADELL,NJ 07649
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS/VP
3/30/2007
$2,000

HALL, KEITH
SIMPSONVILLE,KY 40067
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS/SENIOR VICE
10/14/2005
$2,000

HALL, KEITH
NEW YORK,NY 10044
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS
1/15/2002
$1,000

HALL, KEITH MR
SIMPSONVILLE,KY 40067
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS/SENIOR VICE
9/25/2006
$2,000

HALL, KEITH MR
SIMPSONVILLE,KY 40067
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS/SENIOR VICE
9/25/2006
$1,900

HALL, KEITH MR
SIMPSONVILLE,KY 40067
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS/SENIOR VICE
9/25/2006
($1,900)

KNAFEL, SIDNEY MR
NEW YORK,NY 10019
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS/CHAIRMAN
9/25/2006
$2,000

KNAFEL, SIDNEY R
NEW YORK,NY 10019
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS/CHAIRMAN
3/30/2007
$2,000

KNAFEL, SIDNEY R
NEW YORK,NY 10019
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS/CHAIRMAN
3/30/2007
$1,700

KNAFEL, SIDNEY R
NEW YORK,NY 10019
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS/CHAIRMAN
3/30/2007
($1,700)

WILLNER, MICHAEL
NEW YORK,NY 10019
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS
1/13/2002
$1,000

WILLNER, MICHAEL MR
NEW YORK,NY 10019
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS/PRESIDENT AN
9/25/2006
$2,000

Hard not to think McConnell’s direct influence wasn’t taken advantage of in this situation.

A representative from Public Campaign Action Fund tells Page One that Insight neither notified them of this decision nor gave them a chance to respond to/argue re: why they think their facts are accurate.

Jim Waters: ‘Tourocrats’ tax logic

This is the second installment of Jim Waters’ Bluegrass Beacon, a now-regular feature of Page One. We won’t take much issue with Jim’s column this week except to say: We’re not sure how $0.01 per U.S. Dollar taxes on tourism is such a terrible thing. It’s not really taxing Kentuckians and it drives a could-be thriving industry throughout the state. That is, if Fletcher’s tourism big dogs could follow the law and spend funds appropriately.


‘Tourocrats’ tax logic, shaft taxpayers when mining for money

By Jim Waters

Tax increases usually don’t pass the logic test.

Take Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s so-called “Tax Modernization” policy. Lawmakers passed this sloppy legislation in 2005 after considerable arm-twisting. It includes the hated Alternative Minimum Tax, which taxes businesses whether or not they make a profit.

Raising taxes on businesses and entrepreneurs while at the same time campaigning about how bringing new jobs to Kentucky is a top priority just doesn’t pass the logic test.

Logic dictates not taxing those companies – at least until they make a profit. Businesses create new jobs that the state’s economic brain trust claims it wants.

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Stan Lee: Not biased? Supports the working man?

Oh man, Jack Brammer reports that Republican hatemonger and candidate for Attorney General Stan “The Mustache” Lee received the endorsement of Associated Builders & Contractors of Kentuckiana.

How? We’re just not sure. It’s Kentucky. Crazier things have happened.

Bill Parson, from the ABC, said in a release about the endorsement that the “ABC believes Stan Lee will be an attorney general that will serve Kentucky without a biased agenda.”

Stan Lee doesn’t have a biased agenda? Okay, they’ve got us there. Stan Lee has a biased, hate-filled agenda.

News that’s slipped by

Ernie freaks out, tells Stumbo the law isn’t the law. Apparently, violating the law (however controversial said law may be) in a partisan hack sort of way makes the law null and void. Greg’s taking him to court over the university trustee snafu. Let’s follow the law for a change, eh? [H-L]

The General came to Kentucky. Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told a group of WWII vets in Louisville yesterday that we shouldn’t rule out bringing back the draft but said recruiting is sufficient to keep the military afloat. Pace neglected to mention that the draft wouldn’t just be about replenishing the rank and file. It’s also about forcing Americans to think about and deal with the situation at hand. If more than the poor had to fight, maybe we’d resolve this clusterfuck before 2050. [C-J]

Attempting to curb the power of corruption. Steve Beshear unveiled a proposal to limit a governor’s power to issue blanket pardons and make appointments to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. Ernie Fletcher is, needless to say, pissed. [C-J]

Following up on a story we did last month. A judge has ordered the status quo on liquor sales until a suit on the retardo Gallatin County liquor ban can be heard. Businesses will be allowed to continue selling alcohol on Sundays until October 29. Note that elected officials in Gallatin County were afraid to speak about the issue. Where are you, Kenny French? We hear you’re playing both sides of the aisle. [Enquirer]

Patently false?

McConnell’s camp says attack ads being run in primetime slots are full of it. (Please watch the ad and read this article so you know what we’re talking about.)

Mitchypoo’s camp neglects to mention that Hunter Bates was McConnell’s COS, left to become a lobbyist using his Mitch connection (see John Cheves’ mind-blowing series from last fall), got a $200K contract to promote an earmark to send Chinese-made iPod-like devices to Afghanistan. McConnell delivered and Bates went to work raising $120K for his campaign.

While we hate what’s happened and the way Senator McConnell is trying to cover it up? We won’t swallow talking points hook, line and sinker, we’re not going to attack the following factual statement from Ryan Alessi:

While the ad doesn’t cite any source for the claim that McConnell voted against providing funding for body armor, an independent political watchdog group Factcheck.org declared a similar accusation against other Republican senators last fall as false.

The ad does not cite a source for the claim that McConnell voted against providing funding for body armor. To parse words and get semantic? On October 2, 2003 McConnell voted to table an ammendment that was to be attached to an $87 billion emergency supplemental bill. (Reference: Vote 376, S.Amdt. 1817 to S. 1689) While despicable, obscene, hate-filled, possibly murderous and typically McConnell, let’s be accurate here. McConnell voted to table an amendment (like he did in April 2003). He didn’t vote for or against something that was up for a vote to become law.

That said, McConnell’s lackeys are full of shit. They’re parsing words to obscure facts. They’re challenging the semantics about what the devices were called. E.G., Public Campaign Action Fund called them “music players” in order to describe what they are, not just what they do. They could have called them iPod-like devices or MP3 players, but McConnell probably would have found fault in any of those descriptions as well. They’re attempting to obscure the fact that he lined up a contract to send $8.3million worth of Chinese-made players to Afghanistan (to spread right-wing talking points) and got $120,000 from the lobbyist’s clients.