Libertarian-leaning Super PAC called Liberty For All to back Massie in 4th District race

04/30/2012 07:19 AM

A libertarian-leaning group founded by a Texas college student will get involved in Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District Republican primary on behalf of Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie.

The group Liberty For All has offices in Austin, Texas, and Bellvue, Ky., and is funded with more than $199,842 from John Ramsey, according to Federal Election Commission reports. Ramsey lists himself as a student on the FEC report and works in his family’s real estate investment business. He was quoted in this YNN report out of Austin.

Preston Bates, a Louisville native and former volunteer for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s 2010 campaign, serves as executive director of the group. He said the Super PAC will be “very involved” in backing Massie’s bid over the last month of the campaign.

“We plan to play a very significant role doing lots of things,” Bates said in an interview Sunday evening. He declined to say what that would be so as not to “give away strategy.”

“It’s an endorsement in action. People pounding the pavement, for instance,” he said.

The group picked Massie out of the field of seven candidates because he is new to politics — having first been elected as Lewis County’s top official in 2010 — and has brought an outsider’s attitude to the job, Bates said.

“We’re tired of pandering politicians,” he said.

As an independent expenditure group, a Super PAC can raise unlimited money from individuals — in this case just Ramsey so far — and spend it in support of a candidate as long as there is no coordination.

Liberty For All , which formed earlier this year, uses the motto “It’s not Republican or Democratic. It’s neither liberal nor conservative. It’s freedom.”

Bates said the group plans to endorse in other races is Texas and Kentucky and will potentially get involved on behalf of Democratic candidates as well as Republicans, depending on the candidates’ philosophies.

“We’re not afraid to say we love the constitution,” Bates said. “We like constitutional conservatives.”

The group has 15 staff members, including six based in Kentucky.


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