By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT – Two Washington-based non-profits advocating limits on campaign contributions have launched a TV ad in three Kentucky cities, criticizing U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for urging the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out contribution limits.
David Donnelly, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund, said Thursday that his group and Fair Share have placed a six-figure ad buy to run for 10 days in Lexington, Bowling Green and Paducah, beginning Friday.
“We want to engage McConnell in a debate about campaign contributions,” Donnelly said.
The 30-second ad features a giant lizard monster terrorizing a city, with a male voice saying, “Bigger isn’t always better, and bigger sure isn’t better when it comes to political influence.”
It asks: “So why is Sen. Mitch McConnell asking the Supreme Court to get rid of all limits on campaign contributions? Unlimited campaign cash from lobbyists, bailed-out bankers and big oil CEOs.”
The ad asks viewers to visit BiggerIsntBetter.org and sign a petition to “tell Mitch McConnell big-money special interests have enough influence already, no unlimited campaign contributions.”
McConnell’s office did not immediately comment on the ad.
The Supreme Court will take up an appeal Oct. 8 from McConnell, the Republican National Committee and Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon. They contend that campaign contribution limits are an unconstitutional burden on free speech.
The legal case -– McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission — basically challenges the aggregate limit on donations to federal candidates, political parties and political action committees.
Under federal law, the total amount that an individual can give to all federal candidates for office during a two-year election cycle is $48,600. It also puts a $74,600 limit on the total amount an individual can give to political committees that make contributions to candidates and sets a total cap of $123,200 for contributions in the two-year cycle.
Filed Under: Mitch McConnell