Group's ad claims McConnell enabled Obamacare

10/29/2013 11:14 AM

A group that backs tea party candidates — including the GOP challenger to U.S. Mitch McConnell — will start running an ad this week claiming McConnell helped “Barack Obama and Harry Reid fund Obamacare.”

The Senate Conservative Fund already has raised $171,000 for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin. Now the group is purchasing $330,000 in ad buys against McConnell. The ad is paid for by the super PAC arm of the fund known as Senate Conservative Action PAC.

Matt Hoskins the executive director for the group said McConnell “has lost his way” in a statement posted on the group’s website.

“Mitch McConnell says he opposes Obamacare when he’s in Kentucky, but then he helps the Democrats fund Obamacare when he’s in Washington,” said Hoskins. “Mitch McConnell has lost his way. It’s why more and more Kentucky Republicans are supporting Matt Bevin, a true conservative who will fight for their values.”

The 30 second ad which was first reported by Politico is slated to run Oct. 30 through Nov. 12 and will air across the state of Kentucky on broadcast and cable.

In the advertisement, the group says McConnell voted to help fund the Affordable Care Act by voting to invoke cloture . Bevin made the same argument against McConnell in an interview with Pure Politics.

McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore says the Senate Conservative Fund actually helps Democrats.

“When Mitch McConnell was rallying conservatives to fight Obamacare the fundraising group responsible for these ads was working day and night to ensure Barack Obama’s majority in the Senate,” Moore said. “You get an idea of what team the Senate Conservatives Fund is on when you realize that there are scores of Democrats who actually voted for Obamacare up for re-election and this group, purporting to support conservative causes, is investing their well-intentioned donors money into attacking the man responsible for leading the opposition to the law.”

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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