A Lexington-based independent political action committee started airing a TV ad in Lexington and Louisville Friday against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul.
The 30-second ad produced by Coalition for Kentucky Values contends Paul is raising campaign funds from “extremists.”
It specifically mentions Austin, Texas, syndicated talk show host Alex Jones, who says in a clip that bankers are poisoning food and water and intimates that the 9/11 attacks were “an inside job.”
Paul’s campaign manager, David Adams, said, “This is the kind of silliness we have come to expect from the Grayson campaign.
“Rand Paul is winning this race because Kentuckians trust him to help get our country back on track without getting sucked into this nonsense.”
Tim Isaac, a media specialist in Lexington, said he formed the so-called 527 in the last few weeks “to speak out against Paul.”
He stressed that it has no ties with the campaign of Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Paul’s chief rival in Tuesday’s Republican primary election for the U.S. Senate.
Grayson campaign manager, Nate Hodson, said, “If you like Alex Jones, you’ll love Rand Paul. Most of us who live in the real world, however, find abhorrent the idea that 9/11 was an inside job and the many other ideas these two share.”
The ad, Isaac said, will run on cable and broadcast TV in Lexington and Louisville.
Isaac declined to say how long the ad will run and how big the media buy was.
Asked why he decided to run the ad late in the campaign, Isaac said, “We’ve actually been working on this a couple of months.
“It, with the financial support, finally came together.”
Isaac declined to identify financial supporters of the 527.
A 527, named after a section in the U.S. Internal Revenue Service code, does not have to disclose its finances until it files its tax returns.