Group to launch $1.8 million ad campaign supporting Mitch McConnell

syoungman@herald-leader.comMarch 17, 2014 

An issues group supportive of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is launching a three-week, $1.8 million advertising campaign in Kentucky, by far the largest ad buy to date of the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

Unlike other Super PACs operating in Kentucky, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, so its political activity is restricted to issue-focused ads that don't directly ask voters to support one candidate over another.

The group is beginning its run of ads, which will appear statewide on cable, broadcast television and radio, by focusing on McConnell's record on veterans' issues.

"This week, you'll see the coalition specifically discuss issues that affect Kentucky's veterans and military installations," said Scott Jennings, a senior adviser to the group who is closely allied with McConnell. "Each of the next three weeks will bring a different issue to the table, and we are pleased to have the resources to educate citizens about these critical matters."

The first wave of ads will ask Kentuckians to sign a petition "to oppose President Obama's plan to cut the military."

"This advertising is designed to educate citizens about President Obama's plans to slash military spending and leave our nation in a weaker position, and to urge Sen. Mitch McConnell — who has a strong record of standing up for Kentucky's service men and women — to oppose those military budget cuts," Jennings said.

The ad says McConnell fought to bring a new VA hospital to Louisville, and for body armor and higher pay for troops.

The group has previously run ads praising McConnell and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for their efforts to stop "Obamacare."

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