Paul calls out Conway over energy ties

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul took to Twitter to criticize his Democratic opponent for taking contributions from energy companies. Earlier today, Attorney General Jack Conway announced he had filed a motion to dismiss the pending rate increase requests made by Louisville Gas and Electric and its sister company Kentucky Utilities.

The state’s largest providers of natural gas and electricity have filed formal cases with the Kentucky Public Service Commission for the rate hike, but the attorney general believes that request should be suspended until the companies are sold.

The Paul campaign took the opportunity to slam Conway for being backed by utility companies while regulating them.

From DrRandPaul:

That was a very funny press conference our opponent had this morning. He’s now going to discontinue his practice of taking tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the people he helps regulate. That’s the difference between a career politician and most Americans — most of us would have known not to take the money in the first place.

During the hotly contested Democratic primary, Conway’s chief rival, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, brought similar criticisms to the campaign’s forefront. In May, Mongiardo filed an ethics complaint against Conway, claiming he “violated the public trust” and was receiving kickbacks for accepting campaign contributions from utility companies while approving millions in rate hikes.

It was an accusation the Conway campaign vehemently denied, pointing out his record as attorney general saved consumers more than $100 million from proposed hikes.

However, Conway did receive $10,000 in campaign contributions from Atmos Energy, a Texas-based natural gas company that serves parts of western and central Kentucky. And the attorney general’s staff was involved in negotiations with the company over a proposed $5.9 million rate increase.

Last week, WHAS-11 television reported Atmos Energy was awarded a 3 percent rate increase by the service commission.

The Conway campaign has yet to respond to our request for comment.


  1. drew
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    But Rand Paul wouldn’t know not to be a stupid racist, thus making everything he says completely meaningless.

  2. Coal Miner
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    We have come to take our government back and we will not let the lies of racism stop us.

  3. Lisa Tyler
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    The number one thing that Rand Paul is not is racist, he’s the furthest thing from it. He merely is a strict constructionist and wants our constitution interpreted the way it was meant to be, thereby protecting the individual liberties of all citizens. With all of the corrupt-o-crats up on the hill, we need someone who cares about all of our civil liberties!

  4. Frank Harris
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    If the only thing that Democrats can say is a lie about Rand being a racist, then they have very little to campaign on. Rand is NOT a racist, not even close. He wants for everyone to have equal rights, and has publicly said REPEATEDLY that he condemns all forms of racism.

  5. spinnikerca
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I’ve read that Conway is the top recipient of Senate candidate funds from BP, as well.

  6. Steve Magruder
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Rand Paul supports policies or concepts that that are effectively racist, consistently. Therefore, you can read what you want into Dr. Paul personally speaking. Some will call someone who would allow discrimination to be a racist themselves; others will not.

    What’s most telling is that Paul’s supporters have allowed themselves to be become so blind to this reality. I don’t think we can trust these people to be talking up this or any other politician. It’s like they’re on the other side of the Looking Glass, and apparently proud of it.

  7. James W Moore
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Even wing-nuts read LEO! That’s great!

    I invite all others to join our Facebook group, “Rand Paul is a Moron”!/group.php?gid=125142884170439&ref=ts

  8. Derek
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    It strikes me as ridiculous to hear the Rand campaign complaining about Conway’s ties to a natural gas company. The problem here in Kentucky is Big Coal – could we please talk about that?

    As to racism and civil liberties, I find it unendingly hilarious to hear Rand (and Rand) folks go on and on about protecting our rights, while simultaneously backing political ideals that amount to allowing each individual State to decide whose skin color is okay, and whose sexuality is okay.