GOP group urges Republican attorneys general to help P'Pool raise $50,000

11/03/2011 11:34 PM

The Republican State Leadership Committee asked the GOP attorneys general and their staffs on Thursday to help Kentucky attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool raise $50,000 to keep his “television buy up on the air through Election Day.”

The political director for the group, which is the umbrella organization for the Republican Attorneys General Association, said in the Nov. 3 memo that “polling continues to tighten” in P’Pool’s bid to unseat Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway on Tuesday.

“Todd P’Pool is an excellent candidate and has been running a strong campaign, slowly and steadily chipping away at Conway’s lead over the past several months to the point where he could spring a major upset victory,” said the memo from Matthew Walter, the committee’s political director.

P’Pool’s campaign reported having about $17,610 on hand in the latest fund-raising report this week. However, P’Pool still could tap $190,000 of his own money that he lent the campaign that has been sitting in his primary election account.

While P’Pool ramped up his criticism of Conway in an an ad this week, the Republican challenger has been out-spent down the stretch by Conway and an outside group funded by the Democratic Attorneys General Association.

That group has an agreement with its Republican counterpart not to directly get involved in races on behalf of challengers against an incumbent from the other party.

Text of the memo is below:

To: Republican Attorneys General and Staff
From: Matthew Walter, RSLC Political Director
Re: Kentucky AG race
Date: November 3, 2011
We have been closely monitoring the AG race in Kentucky, and polling continues tighten between Republican challenger Todd P’Pool and incumbent Democrat Jack Conway. Todd P’Pool is an excellent candidate and has been running a strong campaign, slowly and steadily chipping away at Conway’s lead over the past several months to the point where he could spring a major upset victory.
RLSC has not been able to actively engage in the race due to the RAGA-DAGA agreement not to challenge incumbents. Please note that DAGA, having an incumbent, has been supporting Attorney General Conway through the Bluegrass Democratic Attorneys General Association, which has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in Pro-Conway, Anti-P’Pool political activity.
The P’Pool campaign is currently seeking $50,000 to keep their television buy up on the air through Election Day and maximize their chance for a major upset.

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