Oct 12, 2011- Fund Raising in Ky.; Senate Bill 5 Controversy

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY) released fund raising totals for the most recent filing period.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear is reporting $9.5 million in cash and in-kind campaign contributions, including $4.1 million that came in since July 1.

Campaign manager Bill Hyers said a report that will be filed Wednesday with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance shows nearly 7,000 people contributed to the Democratic governor’s re-election effort over the past three months.

Hyers said in a press release that the campaign finance report will show that Beshear has $1 million in the bank, and has already pre-purchased $1 million in television advertising for the final weeks of the race.

Beshear is being challenged in the Nov. 8 election by Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith, both of whom will also have to file campaign finance reports on Wednesday.

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And, this story is pretty crazy.

You've no doubt seen the ads over Issue 2 in Ohio regarding the controversial Senate Bill 5 that impacts public workers' collective bargaining rights.

Well, the group that opposes the bill (We Are Ohio) is raising concerns over an ad that a group supporting the bill (Building a Better Ohio) is running.

The concern is over recut footage that features a great-grandmother in one of We Are Ohio's ads. According to We Are Ohio, the recut footage being used by Building a Better Ohio makes it seem as if the great-grandmother supports Senate Bill 5, when she actually opposes it.

Read more here and here.

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