Mon February 3, 2014
No Kentuckians Give to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership Super PAC
A pair of super PACs supporting Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes may want to consider a name change.
Campaign finance records show Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, which is aiding McConnell, raised about $1.2 million in the last six months of 2013, but not one dollar came from the Bluegrass.
From USA Today:
The organization's two dozen donors instead represent a cross-section of prominent Republican givers from outside Bluegrass State, new campaign-finance filings show. They include Florida investor Lawrence DeGeorge, who gave $250,000; Chicago hedge funder Kenneth Griffin at $50,000; and Washington lawyer C. Boyden Gray, who gave $10,000. Publisher Richard Mellon Scaife donated $20,000.
Six companies gave a combined $167,000.
Founded by Republican strategist Scott Jennings, KSL has been running some of the more effective attack ads against Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in this election cycle.
"We are pleased with the level of support we are getting to serve as the firewall against the national liberal, pro-Obama onslaught that is backing Grimes," Jennings told WFPL. "It is clear that people around the country who wholeheartedly support the Obama agenda are all-in for Grimes, so we are doing everything we can to ensure a strong counterbalance to that agenda by supporting Mitch McConnell."
This news comes as Republicans continually mock Grimes for fundraising out of state with national Democrats, saying they represent liberal views that aren't in touch with Kentucky values or voters.
But a Democratic-leaning super PACs backing Grimes with ties to labor unions may also want to re-think its branding.
We Are Kentucky reported raising $260,500 in its first six months with just $500 coming from an actual Kentucky resident.
From The Huffington Post:
The United Auto Workers and the United Association, a union of plumbers and pipefitters, each donated $100,000 to the group. Jerome Kohlberg, a co-founder of the private equity powerhouse Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., gave $50,000; a trust in his wife Nancy's name gave another $50,000.