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New Super PAC to Pursue Media Campaign Against Sen. Rand Paul

Paul and Gray campaigns

A new political action committee is hoping to boost the chances of Kentucky Democrats winning the state’s U.S. Senate race this November.

Kentucky Moving Forward is a Super PAC that will raise money for a media campaign aimed at helping Lexington Mayor Jim Gray defeat Republican Rand Paul.

The Super PAC’s spokesman, Jared Smith, wouldn’t say how much money it has on hand or plans to raise. “I’m not really ready to get into budget requirements and how much we’re going to spend. I can just tell you we’re going to have a very healthy paid media campaign statewide across Kentucky that includes TV ads.”

Smith said the Kentucky Senate race is currently the group’s sole focus.

"Almost positive this is the only race that we will play in this year. Kentucky Moving Forward does expect to be around in other races to come down the line."

Smith is the former campaign manager of Attorney General Andy Beshear. The group’s treasurer is Steve Wilson, founder of the 21c Museum Hotels.

Sen. Paul led Gray in the amount of cash on hand by about $1.1 million at the end of June.

Super PACs can raise unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, but can’t coordinate directly with parties or candidates.


Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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