Fmr. Congressman Lewis says Super PAC involvement is "fair" as long as funding is disclosed
05/16/2012 08:10 AM
The campaign landscape is much different now than it was just four years ago when then-Republican Congressman Ron Lewis opted not to seek re-election. But Lewis said he doesn’t have a problem with Super PACs getting involved in elections — often raising and spending unlimited money on behalf of candidates.
He said the main thing he wants to see is more frequent disclosure of funding of such groups.
The Liberty for All Super PAC, a libertarian-leaning group based in Austin, Texas, has spent more than $540,000 for ads on behalf of 4th Congressional District Republican candidate Thomas Massie, the Lewis County judge-executive. The first $200,000 for the Super PAC came from Ron Paul supporter John Ramsey, who is listed on Federal Election Commission documents as “self-employed” and a student. His family has made money in the real estate investment business.
The group hasn’t had to file a report showing who has given the rest of the money.
Lewis said in an interview Friday that he believed the Republican has room for libertarian perspectives, although he said he doesn’t personally agree with all of them.
Lewis has endorsed one of Massie’s rivals, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore.
Between 1994 and 2008, Lewis represented the 2nd Congressional District which included Shelby and Spencer counties — two counties that were just shifted to the 4th District during this year’s congressional redistricting process.
Moore has received support from Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and now Lewis, who appeared with Moore at a fund-raiser at the home of state Rep. Brad Montell of Shelbyville on Friday. Lewis said he thought Moore should have an edge in that area of the district:
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