Posts tagged Kentucky
Posts tagged Kentucky
President Bill Clinton criticized Sen. Mitch McConnell on Sunday for his comments at a recent Koch brothers donor retreat, specifically highlighting the Senator’s comment the passage of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law was the “worst day” of his political life.
From the speech:
“When I look back on my life in politics, after all those decades and fights and all those campaigns, if the worst thing that ever happened to me was an attempt to limit black bag campaign contributions. What about 9/11? What about the financial meltdown? What about the farm crisis in the 1970’s and what about the middle of the country’s manufacturing base hollowing out in the 1980’s? And what about in his native Kentucky, where 70% of the coal miners losing their job before the EPA said a word with no way to put them back to work in other ways? How could you possibly say the worst thing that happened to you was not being able to black bag unlimited amounts of money. in politics when all of these things have happened to Americans?
“For almost all Kentuckians, the free and open system championed by their senior senator seems closed, corrupt and corrosive to the democratic process.”
81% of Mitch McConnell’s money came from outside Kentucky. Find out more at bigmoneymitch.com
The Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky published a tough editorial today criticizing Sen. Mitch McConnell’s speech to the Koch brothers summit earlier this summer. It ends:
“On the recently disclosed tape, McConnell is heard thanking the Koch brothers ‘for the important work you’re doing.’ I don’t know where we’d be without you.”What Kentucky voters should think about is where we’d be with them pulling the strings of the U.S. Senate.”
Think of what someone earning minimum wage could do with $2.6 million…
Ok, so no one has actually created a kickstarter to see Mitch McConnell, but $10,000 might be what it takes for his constituents to get a private meal, according to this National Journal story:
"Only one week after Sen. Mitch McConnell took the CEO of Delta Air Lines to breakfast in the exclusive Senate Dining Room last month, the airline executive and his wife wrote $10,000 worth of checks to help fund McConnell’s political operation.
"The donations, which were reported to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, made Rick and Susan Anderson the largest contributors to McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee in July. Delta Air Lines’ PAC contributed another $2,500 within days of the breakfast."
Sen. Mitch McConnell “has touted his work for Kentucky farmers on the campaign trail, but back in Washington, he has a trend of skipping out on Senate Agriculture Committee hearings for events unrelated to his home state,” The Hill reports today.
On at least one of these occasions, Mitch McConnell skipped a hearing to raise money with a billionaire.
On March 6th, McConnell skipped confirmation hearings for nominees to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. That same day, he was attending a fundraiser with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and energy industry billionaire Joe Craft.
Too often, members of Congress are forced to decide between doing their job and raising money to keep their job. Mitch McConnell has made his choice, but we’re not sure Kentucky voters would agree with it.
- Billy Piper, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) former chief of staff (Washington Post).
Last weekend, NPR put together a list of things $100 million could buy in the Bluegrass State—including a bottle bourbon for all four million Kentucky residents.
"[Sen Mitch McConnell’s] campaign has faulted his opponent, Democrat Alison Lundegran Grimes, 35, for lengthy fundraising trips outside Kentucky in Hollywood and New York.
"But McConnell himself has made New York’s Marriott Downtown practically his third home.
He made at least six trips to the Big Apple in first three months of 2014, according to Federal Election Commission records.”
Via this New York Times story on establishment Republicans fighting back against insurgents, we’re going to take a wild guess and assume it’s Sen. Mitch McConnell who’s threatening donors:
“I’ve been told by a number of donors to our ‘super PAC’ that they’ve received calls from senior Republican senators,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, which is supporting challengers to Republican incumbents across the country. The message from these donors was blunt: “I can’t give to you because I’ve been told I won’t have access to Republican leadership,” Mr. Kibbe said. “So they’re playing hardball.”
Our broken campaign finance system isn’t just about donors getting influence. It’s a cycle of dependency—members of Congress who rely on big donors and the big donors who rely on access to politicians. It’s a no-win situation for everyone else.