Latest Super PAC to form in Ky. is aimed at helping McConnell win re-election in 2014

04/05/2012 01:36 PM

The newest Super PAC that formed last month in Covington will support the effort to re-elect Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014, one of the organizers confirmed Thursday.

The Super PAC, Bluegrass Votes, filed its paperwork with the Federal Election Commission late last month and was received by the agency April 2. The paperwork listed Covington-based consultant Jeremy Hughes as its treasurer and custodian of records, as the Courier-Journal’s James Carroll first reported on Wednesday.

Hughes declined to comment to Pure Politics but referred questions to fellow consultant, Justin Brasell, who is based in Mississippi but ran McConnell’s campaign in 2008.

“Bluegrass Votes plans to make independent expenditures to support Senator Mitch McConnell’s upcoming re-election campaign next cycle,” Brasell said in a statement.

Hughes and Brasell also formed a Super PAC in North Dakota to make similar expenditures on behalf of GOP candidate Rick Berg in the U.S. Senate race there.

Such Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited money from donors on campaign ads in support of a candidate — as long as people associated with those organizations don’t coordinate with the candidates they are supporting.

To see the Bluegrass Votes Super PAC statement of organization to the FEC click here.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at or @mycn2 on Twitter.


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