4th District Update: Massie tells AP he banked $230k; and Webb-Edgington vs. Moore Round 2

04/09/2012 07:44 PM

Thomas Massie, the Republican 4th Congressional District candidate and Lewis County judge-executive, told the Associated Press on Monday that he raised $150,000 and loaned his campaign another $80,000 during the first quarter of the year.

After graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massie founded a 3-D imaging firm SensAble Technologies Inc. But it has been unclear until now how much wealth Massie had to put into the race.

Massie is the first of the seven Republican candidates in the highly competitive race to tip his hand publicly about what his first campaign fund-raising report will show. The reports that cover Jan. 1 through March 31 are due to the Federal Election Commission by April 15.

Of the seven candidates, Massie, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore and state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington have been most aggressive in raising money so far. Campaign managers for Moore and Webb-Edgington declined to release fund-raising totals for their candidates.

Massie spent about $17,000 to run two ads while the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team was playing in the Final Four on March 31 and April 2. Webb-Edgington began running commercials over the weekend on Northern Kentucky cable.

Group urges Webb-Edgington to return pay, Webb-Edgington’s camp jabs at Moore

An anti-tax group based in Cincinnati issued an email to its network urging them to call Webb-Edgington and ask her to give back her legislative pay for three days in which she missed votes during the last few days of the session.

That prompted a sharp response from Webb-Edgington’s campaign aimed at Moore, who brought up the missed votes last week. Webb-Edgington’s campaign manager questioned Moore’s record, calling the 14-year judge-executive a “self-serving politician” who should be term-limited.

The Cincinnati-based Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes — which goes by the name COAST and was founded by a former opponent to Ohio Republican Congresswoman Jean Schmidt — turned its attention across the Ohio River on Monday. In an email blast, it criticized Webb-Edgington for missing 58 votes in the state House between March 28 and March 30, including final approval of the $19 billion state budget.

“This is unacceptable and on behalf of the Kentucky taxpayer, we would like to provide Rep. Webb-Edgingtonan opportunity to return her salary valued at these three days missed to the Kentucky taxpayer and hold herself to the same standard she calls for from Washington,” the COAST email said.

Webb-Edgington missed the votes to attend campaign-related meetings in Washington, D.C. and a fundraiser in Shelbyville. But she has campaigned on a platform that includes urging members of Congress to pass a budget or forego their pay.

Rick VanMeter, Webb-Edgington’s campaign manager, said he was not aware of the email and that Webb-Edgington had not received any calls.

He wouldn’t say whether Webb-Edgington would return any pay, but issued a statement saying Webb-Edgington “is proud of her 98% attendance record for House votes.”

He added that Webb-Edgington has been “transparent about how she would’ve voted” and plans to register her vote against the state spending bill on the General Assembly’s last day, which is Thursday.

VanMeter then questioned Moore for not releasing “his schedule and information about the county time and resources he is using on his campaign.”

“Gary Moore is attacking Alecia Webb-Edgington for two reasons. Number one, Alecia is winning, and number two, Moore is desperate to deflect attention from his record of supporting higher taxes, higher fees, larger government and perks for himself as county judge,” VanMeter said. “Gary Moore is the epitome of the kind of self-serving politician that Alecia wants to term limit out of office on the federal level.”

Moore’s campaign manager, Jonathan Duke, fired back a statement saying it was the group COAST, not the Moore campaign, that issued the email Monday.

“Mrs. Webb-Edgington’s response should be directed toward them and not lying about Judge Moore. Regardless, Webb-Edgington has still not answered one simple question: Why was a fundraising trip to Washington more important than fulfilling her duties to her constituents? Their campaign can fecklessly attempt to spin this but the bottom line is — this is a scandal and she was caught,” Duke’s statement said.

Kentucky legislators receive a per diem salary of $188.22 per day as well as up to $127.60 in an expense allowance during the session.

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