Here, watch this:
That’s the new ad from the Reggie Thomas for State Senate campaign. It was posted Sunday evening onto the YouTube. Interestingly, it was posted on both the Reggie Thomas campaign YouTube page and on a Kentucky Democratic Party YouTube page, and neither page appears to have any other videos posted… they just woke up Sunday morning and decided to check out this “YouTube” everyone is talking about.
Just one video each and room for maybe one more. Let’s rock.
On Friday evening in a gracious Friday night news dump, we posted a longer look at some of the money behind the Richard Moloney campaign.
Moloney accepted $1,000 from Terry Forcht who, as you may have gathered (sort of) from the video above, is the moneyguy for the Karl Rove SuperPAC American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS. Rove’s group spent $70 Million on the 2010 midterm elections and nearly $200 Million on the 2012 Presidential Election. That’s an astounding amount of money — money that was funnelled through Terry Forcht’s bank — and it’s remarkable that after spending all that money, Terry Forcht and Karl Rove failed miserably to affect the outcome of the 2012 election.
(It’s also remarkable that after what Karl Rove did with the American economy over 8 years with the Bush White House anyone would’ve trusted him with hundreds of millions of dollars — it’s not surprising, just remarkable, like, oh, we just remarked upon it. Also remarkable? Karl Rove still has a job.)
So we asked Moloney — a guy who proclaims himself a progressive and who says he promises to uphold the progressive mantle of Kathy Stein’s Senate seat — what he had to say about taking money from Karl Rove’s bagman.
Moloney’s response was… lackluster. Here it is again:
While I was president of REACH, I worked closely with the presidents of multiple banks in Fayette County to fund our affordable housing programs. They supported me when I ran for council and they support me in my bid for senate because they know and trust me. Unlike my opponent who has funding from the Democratic party and their PACs (where individual donors and their business interests are not divulged), I’m the independent candidate and appreciative of the bankers’ support. You will see that I also received support from Luther Deaton at Central Bank and Bill Alverson at Traditional Bank.
I’ve bolded the important parts that were relevant to the questi… oh, oh wait. There’s nothing bolded. That must be because Moloney’s answer has pretty much nothing to do with why he would take Terry Forcht’s money and to the extent that his answer does address the question, it curiously makes no mention of Terry Forcht and fails completely to address the question of why Moloney, self-avowed progressive, would take money from the moneyman for one of — if not the — biggest and most powerful far right conservative Super PACs.
Which — if you’ll recall — was the question.
Instead, Moloney played dumb. Forcht’s just a normal guy, nothing to see here. And Moloney includes this incredulous excuse:
Unlike my opponent who has funding from the Democratic party and their PACs (where individual donors and their business interests are not divulged)
Moloney responds to a question about his ties to the moneyman for Karl Rove’s Super PAC by suggesting that PACs are bad and undemocratic.
Give us a break, dude. And give Terry Forcht his money back.
We suggested to Moloney that he do just that — give the money back — or risk the ire of the 13th District voters who are vocally liberal, highly educated, and no great fans of Karl Rove or his friends. But Moloney doesn’t appear to have done that — or if he did, he doesn’t appear to have told anyone. And so now there’s this ad from the Democratic nominee.
Terry Forcht has steered at least $4,000 to the Moloney campaign:
In addition to that money (and any other donors Forcht may have lead Moloney’s way), there’s another $1,000 from the Alliance Coal PAC, run by GOP and Big Coal heavy hitter Joe Craft.
Joe Craft’s Alliance Coal gave $2,000,000 to the Terry Forcht/Karl Rove American Crossroads outfit back in 2010.
Also maxing out to the Moloney campaign is Kelly Knight.
Here’s a really cute photograph of the Richard Moloney for State Senate campaign donors with the brains himself, Mr. Karl Christian Rove:
Kelly Knight, if you don’t know her — and we should all know our Richard Moloney campaign donors, shouldn’t we? — is basically Mitch McConnell. Knight and Craft have tagteamed fundraising for John Boehner, hauling in over $1,000,000 for the orange one. Knight was the Mitt Romney campaign’s Kentucky finance co-chairwoman, and now she’s doing the same thing for Mitch McConnell, heading up his women’s fundraising efforts for his re-election campaign.
And, as a lovely commenter pointed out, when she’s not raising money for Republican Party leaders, she’s maxing out to Richard Moloney, the guy who wants to take Kathy Stein’s seat:
(Oh, she’s also in the mix for Lt. Governor running mate in the early GOP gubernatorial posturing.)
For a man who’s given almost half as much to his own campaign as he’s actually been able to raise, Richard Moloney needs every penny and the $6,000 listed above is already over 10% of his total campaign haul… and we’re not even counting the thousands from the Ball Homes folks or well… look:
Richard Moloney can take money from whomever he wants, but he’s naive if he thinks that won’t matter to voters and he’s flat-out lying to voters if he thinks it shouldn’t make a difference. There’s no reason a progressive candidate should take money from Terry Forcht and there’s certainly no reason why a progressive candidate would accept that money in a district as resiliently progressive as the Immovable and Fighting 13th.
Forcht has a lot of money. He can buy a lot of elections. That doesn’t mean he needs to buy Kathy Stein’s seat. So, yes, Richard Moloney can give that money back or…
This Democratic Party ad. What can I say.
It’s lazy. It’s misleading. It’s hilarious and it is ridiculous.
It’s a lazy ad because as far as I can tell, the campaign has a paid staff and they got their research for the ad off a blog site. They don’t appear to have contributed one new fact to the argument. (One could argue they’ve also cheapened the argument… that music?)
It’s misleading. That part where it says, “Richard Moloney [very slight pause] Karl Rove’s Banker?” is absurd. Richard Moloney, clearly, is not Karl Rove’s banker and yet some dipstick who gets paid out of your campaign contributions thought it’d be really ‘smart’ to jam those two together, remove the context and pretend like they were tricking people.
A lot of people complain about money in elections, like the wealthy’s ability to purchase our elected officials is the true evil. It is very bad and it must be stopped, there is no doubt (although, if you look at the Karl Rove/Terry Forcht track record, they’re not exactly executing very well).
But perhaps an equally bad component to all the money in politics is that it means campaigns hire morons and hand them piles of cash to create advertisements that only degrade and dumb-down an already dumbed-down and degraded political process.
Case in point: This terrible TV ad.
It refers to Reggie Thomas as “The Real Democrat” and seconds later demands of us, “Our Only Choice for State Senate” as if we have none.
Richard Moloney is a Democrat. He is for gay marriage, he’s for a Fairness Law, he’s for immigration reform, he’s for restoring felon voting rights… Moloney is such a total and complete Democrat he shares Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Pro Coal platform and Richard Moloney is clearly the ‘pro coal candidate’ in this race. If you like Alison Lundergan Grimes, it’s likely you’d like Richard Moloney.
Reggie Thomas is a Democrat, too. He’s for gay marriage (just keep it quiet), he’s definitely and without any doubt a strong advocate and supporter of a statewide Fairness Law, he’s for immigration reform, he’s for restoring felon voting rights and if you can’t tell the difference between Alison Lundergan Grimes’ ideas on King Coal and Mitch McConnell’s and that kinda pisses you off, well then Reggie Thomas is the candidate for you.
And that’s the choice. Those two. (Or the Tea Party guy who likes Malcolm X… maybe the other two will split the vote? Worse things have happened.)
That the Kentucky Democratic Party continually runs campaigns based on the belief that if you don’t vote for the guy with the “D” beside his name, you’ll likely burn in political hell is testament to a larger problem. They elbow out people who might make the party stronger, they have a bunker mentality and they don’t realize that this sort of language is increasingly a turn off to liberal but independent minded voters of all ages (and in particular, I fear they may someday discover, our young people). Also, most of their candidates are kinda bummers.
And, yes, then there’s the “hilarious and ridiculous” part of this ad. Did you notice this picture in the Reggie Thomas ad?
You probably did notice it because at the same time they showed you the picture the announcer read you exactly what was written on the screen.
Now — the Democratic Party operatives who made this ad may think you are a complete idiot, but you will probably still recall that the content of this ad up to the Beshear moment is that Richard Moloney is Karl Rove’s banker… or something… and that Richard Moloney has taken money from bigtime GOP donors like Terry Forcht, Karl Rove’s buddy.
Right? You remember that? The previous 24 seconds of the advertisement?
Well forget it! Because there’s Steve Beshear! Isn’t he dreamy!
Yes, Terry Forcht, the bigtime GOP bankroller who also happens to run the bank for Karl Rove’s far right American Crossroads SuperPAC, gave $1,000 to Steve Beshear’s 2011 re-election campaign. Does that mean Steve Beshear isn’t a real Democrat?
(We could give the KDP folks who made the ad a pass on not mentioning that because maybe they didn’t bother to look for it… but that would overlook the fact the Forcht/Beshear connection was explicitly mentioned in the blog post from which the entire rest of the ad appears to have been
Rand Pauled lifted.)
So what’s the point here?
The point is that You have a choice.
Despite what the Thomas campaign and the Kentucky Democratic Party have to say, You have a choice. That doesn’t mean it’s a great choice. You may not love that choice. But you do have one. You will not burn in some political hell if you don’t vote for the “Democrat,” and we won’t be too mad at you if you vote for the guy who appears to be drowning in far right wing cash under the banner of a progressive candidacy — all for reasons we probably wouldn’t discover until after he took office.
That’s your choice.
Given the fact that at this point, Thomas is clearly the more progressive candidate (they’re equal on pretty much everything, so Thomas wins for at least wanting to protect Kentucky’s land, its people and its coalminers from the Big Coal companies that run this state), it’s a shame his condescending campaign treats the highly educated voters of the 13th like they’re 3rd graders rather than just winning on style and points. And it has most definitely done harm to his turnout — and aided Moloney’s.
Moloney, on the other hand, is a Democrat who’s flush with far right conservative cash. Why is he taking this money? That’s one question… the better one is why won’t he give it all back? If Richard Moloney is the progressive he says he is, that’s what he’d do. If you want to vote for him regardless of that money, well, that’s your choice.
But it’s likely you’ll step into that voting booth with visions of Karl Rove dancing in your head.
VOTE: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH, 2013
13TH DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION
NONE OF THESE PEOPLE IS KATHY STEIN
LONG LIVE KATHY STEIN
(If you’re not sure whether you’re in the 13th District, you can ask yourself a series of questions: 1) Are you awesome? If Yes, you’re likely in the 13th; 2) Do you live in Lexington? Please return to question #1; 3) Do you live within New Circle Road? Please return to question #1; 4) Have you gone to the SecOfState website and looked up your precinct and polling station? https://cdcbp.ky.gov/VICWeb/index.jsp)
And just so you don’t leave with a sour Karl Rove taste in your mouth, here’s a photo of the ad buy the Thomas campaign made on facebook — thanks, donors!