Shortly after the Progressive Change Campaign Committee released their new TV ad in Kentucky targeting Sen. Mitch McConnell’s refusal to back common sense gun control measures, McConnell’s campaign fired off a statement slamming those wealthy, out-of-state elitists for daring to enter his Bluegrass turf.
Besides name-dropping the ubiquitous “George Soros” boogeyman, McConnell sought to point out how the group was nothing but outsider moneyed influence, claiming PCCC had only one donor from Kentucky.
And if you know anything about Addison Mitchell McConnell, you shouldn’t be shocked to find out that this statement was a complete falsehood.
McConnell’s campaign cited a federal database that only compiles donations over $200, but PCCC would subsequently point out that they actually have raised over 2,000 contributions from their 7,000 members in Kentucky, averaging less than $15 per donation.
But perhaps McConnell — the PAC-gorged, money-is-speech, king of the corporate-stuffed campaign war chest — has trouble seeing such small donors as “people” that he can identify with? McConnell’s recent Senate campaign filing with the FEC illustrates that fact as well as just about anything.
McConnell stuffed $715,000 more into his now $7.4 million campaign war chest, full of contributions from out-of-state big donors and corporate PAC money. Of the amount he raised, only just over 1 percent of the donations he brought in were unitemized — those lowly under $200 contributions from so-called “persons”. Of the itemized contributions, twice as many came from donors outside of Kentucky, with $184,000 coming in from PACs all stationed outside of the Bluegrass.
A further examination of his campaign distributions shows that McConnell spent much of those three months criss-crossing the country, wining and dining wealthy donors.
McConnell’s campaign racked up large hotels bills as it traveled to San Diego, Seattle, Atlanta, and Chicago, spending anywhere from $669 to $1,048 a pop at Romney-esque locales. It also paid out some impressive catering bills for his bourbon-defiling, Manhattan-sipping clientele.
His campaign paid Hollywood player Bruce Ramer $3,100 for catering and rental space to woo the Ashley Judd crowd in Beverly Hills. It also paid catering bills of $6,509 at The Olde Farm in Bristol, VA, $828 to Undine in Boston, $677 to the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh, $765 to The Chicago Club in Obama City, $770 to the Chops Lobster Bar in Atlanta, and $741 to Mangia Caterers in Bloomberg’s gun-grabbing Big Apple. McConnell also spent well over $10,000 of catering bills inside the Beltway to Belle Haven and Bon Vivant Catering, perhaps feeding the good folks at pharmaceutical giant Amgen, whose PAC threw a fundraiser in his honor on Dec. 17 in DC.
This Amgen fundraiser just happened to be little over a week before the fiscal cliff compromise deal was reached — which McConnell himself helped broker — and also just happened to give Amgen a gigantic $500 million secret windfall. Because giant Big Pharma corporations are “people” too, right?
Speaking of “people,” McConnell’s former chief of staff Hunter Bates just happened to give $3,000 to McConnell between the Amgen fundraiser and McConnell’s fiscal cliff deal… and Bates just happened to be Amgen’s DC lobbyist in charge of monitoring “budget discussions surrounding sequestration and fiscal cliff issues and their potential impact on healthcare.” All coincidences, we’re sure, as stuff as seedy-looking as this has never happened before around McConnell.
Nevertheless, it’s certainly a glamorous life of influence among the wealthy and elite job creators of others states for Mitch McConnell, which perhaps is fitting for a man who has turned a profession as a career politician into a personal net worth of $27 million. God forbid those lowly “people” who don’t have over $200 to give to the political machine ever threaten the precious career of our Senate minority leader.