Wed May 2, 2012
Northern Kentucky Super PAC's First Campaign Piece Draws Criticism
A campaign mailer from Northern Kentucky Super PAC AmeriGOP is raising the ire of one candidate in the Fourth Congressional District Republican primary.
AmeriGOP openly supports Tea Party candidate Thomas Massie. The super PAC's first campaign piece is a flyer that attacks the other two frontrunners in the race, Gary Moore and Alecia Webb-Edgington.
The flyer calls Moore a tax-and-spend Republican because of a parks initiative he championed in his role as Boone County Judge-Executive. The super PAC calls out Webb-Edgington for missing votes as a state representative.
“I’ll say this all this news about Massie’s relationship with a Super PAC not only violates his own promise to avoid politics as usual but it’s not even really a Super PAC," says Moore's campaign manager Jonathan Duke. "It’s just two guys that want to literally give Thomas Massie more money than the law allows. And with Massie’s full knowledge and encouragement, they found a loophole to do just that."
Duke says Moore's parks initiative was cleared by Americans for Tax Reform and was revenue-neutral, and he says Massie is violating the intent of federal campaign finance laws, which prohibit candidates from coordinating with super PACs.
“Massie should not be excused from his complicity in this scheme by reading a disclaimer written by an attorney, who by the way was accused of coordination less than a year ago. The voters should see right through this charade and we certainly don’t need Congressmen who come with disclaimers,” he says.
Massie says he hasn’t seen the flyer, but he agrees with both characterizations of his opponents. Both Massie and those involved in the Super PAC have denied claims of illegal coordination.