Bill Adkins' ad stretches to paint Thomas Massie as hypocritical on federal funds

06/21/2012 03:31 PM

Democratic 4th District Congressional candidate Bill Adkins released his first campaign ad this week attacking Republican candidate Thomas Massie that portrays Massie as hypocritical when it comes to taking federal money.

Adkins’ ad also plays up the support Massie received from the Liberty for All Super PAC that’s funded by a Texas college student and spent more than $560,000 on ads on Massie’s behalf.

“Voters in the 4th District need to know the truth about Thomas Massie,” Adkins said in a news release. “His broken promises and failings as a 1 ½ year Lewis County judge-executive, his radical positions and association with out-of-state Texas SuperPAC money are all fair game in this election.”

The commercial says Massie, the Lewis County judge-executive, turned down federal money for Lewis County, but states he took federal money for his company.

Adkins campaign cited a Pure Politics video from an April 30 debate at Northern Kentucky University sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The ad implies that the county was somehow harmed by turning down the federal money but Massie said at the April 30 forum that the bridge was constructed — just without federal money.

At the debate, Massie said that financing a bridge with federal money increases the costs due to what he calls “red tape.” So, this claim is a bit out of context.

Massie did accept a federal award= through the Small Business Innovation Research program in 1995 for $98,013 for his business. The award would have allowed Massie to conduct research and development on his invention for 6 months and then apply for another phase of grants or seek venture capital.

“Massie’s nomination (is) flat out bought. With big Texas money,” Adkins Congressional ad claims. Liberty for All, a libertarian leaning Super PAC which has offices in Austin, Texas and is funded by John Ramsey did spend more than $560,000 on ads and mailers for Massie during the primary race.

“The idea that the primary was bought is just plain fiction,” Phil Moffett, Massie’s campaign chairman said.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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