Conservative group to attack Conway in TV ad

September 21, 2010 | | Comments 5

By Roger Alford – Associated Press

FRANKFORT — A conservative political group plans to begin airing a TV ad in Kentucky on Wednesday attacking Democrat Jack Conway for having financial backing from “left-wing” donors for his U.S. Senate campaign.

Washington-based American Crossroads said Tuesday it is spending $235,000 to air the ad for a week in four television markets covering western Kentucky, a region made up largely of conservative Democrats who tend to vote Republican in federal races.

Conway is running against Republican Rand Paul for the Senate seat being vacated by 78-year-old Jim Bunning who opted not to seek a third term.

The ad assails Conway for having the support of “left-wing activists and politicians,” citing specifically Sens. John Kerry of Massachusetts and Barbara Boxer of California. The ad includes a photo of a smiling Conway topped with mugs of Kerry, Boxer and President Barack Obama.

“It’s no surprise Jack Conway support’s Obama’s liberal heath care takeover and the failed Washington stimulus,” a narrator says.

American Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio said the 30-second ad will run in Bowling Green, Paducah, Evansville, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn.

American Crossroads and its affiliate, Crossroads GPS, have already aired at least two previous ads in Kentucky. They’ve also run ads in California, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania attacking Democrats or supporting Republicans.

The groups were launched under the direction of two of former President George W. Bush’s top political advisers, Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, who still serve as informal advisers.

Conway spokeswoman Allison Haley dismissed the ad Tuesday night, calling it “just a desperate attempt by Karl Rove and Rand Paul to distract” from more important issues in the race.

Under rules liberalized by the Supreme Court and a federal appellate court, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS can raise unlimited amounts of money from individuals and corporations. American Crossroads is registered with the Federal Election Commission and as such must reveal its donors, but Crossroads GPS is registered only as a nonprofit with the IRS and doesn’t have to disclose its sources of money.

Crossroads GPS had purchased $520,000 worth of air time in Kentucky earlier this month in four television markets for issue ads attacking Conway. The last one showed images of President Barack Obama and Conway together in an automobile’s rearview mirror, purporting to show them going the wrong way on a road despite warning signs. It criticized Conway, Kentucky’s attorney general, for endorsing the Democratic president’s health care reforms and for refusing to join 13 other attorneys general in opposing them.

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  1. James R. says:

    Crossroads GPS has raised 2.4 million for 3 people. Yes thats what you read. 3 people donated 2.4 million for the fundraising for this PAC.

    Fact check it, dont take my word for it!

    The funny part is they are attempting to paint Conway as an elitist. 3 people donating 2.4 for a PAC is elitist. At least it is here in Kentucky. But we should expect this type of hypocracy from Republicans by now.

  2. Michelle Nicholson says: shows how much non-KY money is going to support Rand Paul. I’m not convinced either candidate is all that great, but I’m always concerned when more out of state money is used than in state money to elect a state senator. Where will Paul’s loyalty lie if we elect him? With Kentuckians or the people who paid for his seat?

    I just wish Conway would post more information than “I’m not Rand Paul”.

  3. Jack Conman says:

    I am Jack CONman, I am Barry, Princess and Stinky. Long live Carl Marx.

    Vote for me.

  4. Buck Feshear says:

    Instead of spending money where the Republican candidate is a sure thing, they ought to spend it in more contested states, like Delaware.

  5. Paul says:

    @Jack Conman: that’s “Karl Marx” with a “k”. Get your infantile insults straight.