Family Values PAC cites farm subsidies to Miles family farm after radio stations refuse to run ad

11/27/2013 09:17 AM

UPDATED: The Democratic super PAC Kentucky Family Values that first refused to back up an ad attacking Republican House candidate Suzanne Miles finally released its citations for an ad after several radio stations and the Republican Party of Kentucky raised questions about one of its claims.

Among the claims made in the ad against Miles is a line saying her “family’s businesses got $2.5 million in federal handouts.”

Chairman of the Family Values PAC, Cary Blankenship, sent an email to Pure Politics Tuesday night saying the $2.5 million figure was in farm subsidy payments to Miles Farms LLC from 1995-2012.

Pure Politics called Blankenship on Monday and asked him to back up that claim several times — though he refused to answer our questions at the time.

On Tuesday the Republican Party of Kentucky sent a letter to radio stations airing the ad and asked them to pull the spot. One radio station refused to run the ad all together until the PAC backed up their claims — which they’re doing now.

“All of the statements in KFV’s radio ad are accurate and well documented. We respectfully request that you disregard Mr. [Steve] Robertson’s [chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky] desperate attempt to censor inconvenient facts about his candidate from the citizens of Kentucky,” Blankenship said in a statement sent to Pure Politics.

Miles’ father is Billy Joe Miles, a farmer and seed company owner who did receive $1.12 million in farm subsidies from 1995-2012, according to a search of the Environmental Working Group database. Other Owensboro farmers with the last name Miles also received some subsidies.

Another Owensboro farm Kamuf Brothers was listed as receiving over $2 million in federal farm subsidies in the same time period between 1995-2012.

Steve Robertson, the chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky, looked at the numbers on the subsidy website and wondered if Blankenship was attacking all the family farmers in the district.

“Is [Blankenship] attacking every family farm in the district? There were 16,718 recipients from 1995-2012 in Daviess, Henderson and Union County for over $350 million,” Robertson said.

Miles is running in the special election to replace former Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis, who resigned his seat in September amid allegations that he sexual harassed legislative staffers. Miles, a constituent services representative for Republican U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, faces Democrat Kim Humphrey in the Dec. 10 special election for the 7th House seat, which covers southern Daviess County, part of Henderson and all of Union counties.


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