Posts tagged Mitch McConnell
Posts tagged Mitch McConnell
This paragraph says a lot about Washington and politics (and Mitch McConnell):
"McConnell has often exercised power in D.C. by pressuring major donors to withhold donations from a given lawmaker or organization. His allies on K Street are often the people who deliver this message and “enforce” it. SCF is receiving most of its donations from a large number of individuals who send in small-dollar amounts. McConnell can’t easily pressure these grassroots donors — they aren’t professional politicians and they’re far from D.C."
In October, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s lawyer will urge the Supreme Court to invalidate contribution limits. It’s no wonder: dozens of the country’s wealthiest people have been filling his campaign coffers.
From a new Public Campaign Action Fund report:
The 2014 Kentucky Senate race could cost $100 million. Public Campaign Action Fund’s David Donnelly in Louisville:
With that amount of political advertising, it won’t be surprising if a lot of Kentuckians are tempted to throw their television sets out the window. The deluge of ads on TV screens, on the radio, in mailboxes, and on websites will turn Kentucky into “Mitchnado” (a bad version of this summer’s strangest made-for-TV movie, “Sharknado”) with Mitch McConnell’s face or voice appearing everywhere you turn. By some point next spring, I can assure you, Kentuckians won’t “approve of this message.” They’ll turn it off.
As bad as that sounds, it gets worse.
Most of that money will come from wealthy interests seeking influence. In January, National Journal reported that McConnell’s race was already forcing him to spend “hours dialing for dollars once the Senate wraps up nightly.” His challengers, Republican businessman Matt Bevin and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, are likely doing the same thing now.
The super PAC created to assist Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, appears to be missing something: Kentuckians. Of the $1.2 million raised, just $20,000—from two people—came from the Bluegrass state.
The Courier-Journal lists out who did donate (a list that includes New Yorker Donald Trump).
Headline sort of sums it up.
"Time and again, McConnell has ignored the needs of the people while staunchlydefending the pay-to-play electoral system that shields him from legitimate challengers. And Kentuckians just might be fed up.”
"His campaign paid Hollywood player Bruce Ramer $3,100 for catering and rental space to woo the Ashley Judd crowd in Beverly Hills. It also paid catering bills of $6,509 at The Olde Farm in Bristol, VA, $828 to Undine in Boston, $677 to the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh, $765 to The Chicago Club in Obama City, $770 to the Chops Lobster Bar in Atlanta, and $741 to Mangia Caterers in Bloomberg’s gun-grabbing Big Apple. McConnell also spent well over $10,000 of catering bills inside the Beltway to Belle Haven and Bon Vivant Catering, perhaps feeding the good folks at pharmaceutical giant Amgen, whose PAC threw a fundraiser in his honor on Dec. 17 in DC.”