Kentucky

Support Sliding in Kentucky, but McConnell remains popular with bankers and lobbyists

With eighty-percent of his contributions coming from outside Kentucky and so few coming in amounts of $200 or less, a new poll released in Kentucky yesterday makes clear that the only place Sen. Mitch McConnell remains popular is in the offices of Wall Street bankers, CEOs, and Washington lobby shops.

Here are some facts:

Mitch McConnell: Pay no attention to my own out of state fundraisers

Last Wednesday, a spokesperson for Sen. Mitch McConnell derided his Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, for being “too busy jetting around the country fundraising.”

Gratitude and Influence

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared at the Supreme Court today to listen as his lawyer Bobby Burchfield urged the Court to, essentially, invalidate all contribution limits.

New Ad in Kentucky: Bigger Isn't Better

Public Campaign Action Fund and USAction launched a television ad campaign in Kentucky on Friday to highlight Sen. Mitch McConnell’s role in McCutcheon v. FEC, a case before the Supreme Court this week.

Mitch McConnell an "Invisible Man?" Not for Lobbyist Donors

The New York Times reports today that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), usually in the thick of Senate negotiations, “is looking more like its Invisible Man as he balances his leadership imperatives with his re-election ones.”

And that, “his decision to stay out of the budget fray is one of the central reasons a resolution seems distant at the moment.”

Let’s hope he finds his voice by Thursday—he’s got a lobbyist-fueled fundraiser to attend.

Sen. Mitch McConnell Urges Supreme Court to Throw Out Contribution Limits

Lawyers for Sen. Mitch McConnell have asked the Supreme Court for “time to present McConnell’s views” during October’s oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC, a campaign finance case dealing with aggregate contribution limits, according to Bloomberg BNA.

Sen. Rand Paul Apologizes to Apple Ahead of Silicon Valley Fundraising Tour

Apple has avoided paying at least $74 billion in taxes through a complex tax avoidance scheme involving "a web of subsidiaries so complex it spanned continents and went beyond anything most experts had ever seen," the New York Times reported on Monday.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) apologized to the company at a Tuesday Senate subcommittee hearing about this tax avoidance, which featured Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Another day, another Mitch McConnell lobbyist fundraiser

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is scheduled to speak at an event for the Lexington Chamber of Commerce on Friday “about the so-called fiscal cliff crisis that was recently averted, his role in the agreement that was reached, and what it will mean for the American people moving forward. He’ll also discuss upcoming issues to be debated in Congress, such as spending and our country’s long-term debt.”

VIDEO: Yesterday's press conference in Kentucky announcing release of McConnell report

Yesterday, Public Campaign Action Fund released a new report, "Cashing in on Obstruction," detailing how Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has used his position in the Senate to obstruct legislation and nominations that directly benefit his major donors. Allies in the state, including the AFL-CIO, CWA, Common Cause, and Progress Kentucky held a press conference announcing the report.

Mitch McConnell More Concerned About Keep His Job Than Creating New Ones for Kentuckians

Washington, D.C.— Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is preparing a “presidential-level” campaign for 2014 and is spending “hours dialing for dollars once the Senate wraps up nightly,” according to his own congressional staff, a sign that Kentucky’s senior Senator is more concerned about keeping his own job than creating new jobs for Kentuckians.