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.
“Mitch McConnell has said his ‘top priority’ is making President Obama a one-term president and now it seems his second priority is raising big money for his re-election three years away,” said David Donnelly, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund. “I imagine the people of Kentucky want to know whether they’re third, fourth, or even further down his list.”
National Journal reported this week on McConnell’s early re-election plans, noting that he’s planning a campaign with “presidential-level” sophistication. He also “spends hours dialing for dollars once the Senate wraps up nightly.”
McConnell ended 2011 with $4.25 million cash-on-hand and raised $1 million in the first quarter of 2012. One of Congress’s top opponents to sensible campaign finance regulations, there’s no doubt McConnell and his allies will use lax campaign finance regulations and a toothless enforcement agency to pour millions of dollars into a Senate campaign, and attract super PACs to spend millions more, to convince voters he cares about their needs.
Over the past five years, Public Campaign Action Fund has educated Kentuckians about about McConnell’s opposition to reform and his favors for campaign donors. A sample of the organization’s television and web ads are available on their website (here, here, here, and here). The organization has a track record of holding prominent leaders accountable, including leading a campaign to drive former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) out of office.
“With his opposition to common sense limits on special interest influence on our elections, Mitch McConnell is big money’s best friend,” said Donnelly. “His record of favors for campaign donors shows us all how McConnell’s vision is for elections of, by, and for corporate interests, and we intend to relentlessly share example after example back home in Kentucky.”