Campaign Cash

KY Hospital Assoc. Forms Federal PAC

The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) formed a new federal political action committee at the end of February as a way to take their issues directly to Kentucky’s Congressman. The trade association tells Kentucky Fried Politics they formed the PAC to separate their federal donations from the American Health Association PAC (AHAPAC) which they previously used...

Beshear Campaign Raises Specter of Craft Cash in Latest Fundraising Email

“Republicans are willing to spend whatever it takes to win.” That is the latest headline in a fundraising email from Gov. Andy Beshear’s re-election campaign to their supporters. Beshear’s team is pointing to one Republican in particular who could dump money into a gubernatorial election and asking his supporters to dig deep in an effort...

Rand Paul Raises Nearly $4 Million in Final Quarter of 2021

UPDATED: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s re-election campaign announced on Monday they have raised $3.8 million for Kentucky’s junior Senator’s 2022 re-election campaign in the final quarter of 2021. The fundraising haul brings Paul’s total raised to $14 million throughout the entire year and leaves him with $8 million cash on hand, according to his campaign....

Shell Takes Early Fundraising Lead in GOP Ag Commish Primary

Former state Rep. Jonathan Shell has taken an early fundraising lead in the Republican primary for Agriculture Commissioner, as his opponent has started the campaign with a personal loan. Shell raised $52,126 in the first months of the campaign, including a $10,000 loan the candidate made to his campaign account. He’s only spent $727 in...

Paul Announces Major Fundraising Haul, Booker Touts “Deep Organizing”

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign announced their biggest quarter yet with a record-breaking fundraising haul heading into the 2022 U.S. Senate race. Paul’s campaign announced more than $4 million in campaign contributions in the 3rd quarter financial report, exceeding the amount raised in any single quarter in either of Paul’s two previous campaigns for the...

Democratic Senate Candidate Raises $20k for Special Election

Democratic 22nd District state Senate candidate Helen Bukulmez has raised double digits for the November Special Election. Bukulmez, an immigration and injury lawyer from Lexington, Kentucky, has brought in nearly $21,000 in contributions for the race to fill the unexpired term of the late Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville. The contributions to Bukulmez campaign come from...

Fmr. RPK Finance Director Joins Top Shelf Lobby Team

The former Finance Director for the Republican Party of Kentucky (RPK) has joined Top Shelf Lobby as a Senior Associate. On Friday, Top Shelf Lobby announced Makenzie Williams had joined their team. “We are incredibly pleased that Makenzie will be joining our Top Shelf team,” said Leigh Ann Thacker, Top Shelf Managing Partner. “Her political...

Jesse Benton Charged for Routing Russian Cash to Trump’s 2016 Campaign

The saga of Republican consultant Jesse Benton’s legal troubles have another chapter playing out on the national stage with a new federal indictment revealed this week. Benton, who as an ally of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2014 U.S. Senate campaign manager, was charged federally for an alleged 2016 campaign...

Suramek Raises $30k in a Week for 89th Dist. Special Election

Democratic 89th District Special Election candidate Mae Suramek now has the means to get out the vote on November 2nd in an effort to fill the vacancy left by former Republican Rep. Robert Goforth. Suramek, the Democratic nominee for the seat, announced on social media that her campaign has raised $30,000 over the last 7...