Liberty for All Super PAC to stick around in Bellevue, looks to next races

05/23/2012 10:03 AM

The Liberty for All Super PAC that spent more than $561,000 on mailers and TV and radio ads on behalf of 4th Congressional District Republican Thomas Massie will keep an office in Bellevue as it looks to get involved in its next races.

Preston Bates, a Louisville native and the group’s executive director, said the Super PAC will convert the campaign center it set up to support Massie into a call center to be used to support candidates in other races across the country.

“We will make sure we only get involved in races that make sense,” Bates said. He said that could be state House, state Senate or school board races in Kentucky or other states. He said, for instance, the group is looking to back a constable candidate in a Democratic primary in Texas.

But he said the group plans to be very selective in which races in which it gets involved.

“We want to make sure we do one thing and do it really well,” Bates said.

That does include supporting Massie in the general election. After winning the seven-candidate GOP primary with 45 percent of the vote, Massie faces Democrat Bill Adkins in the November election.

The libertarian-leaning super PAC was founded by John Ramsey, who was a student at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. Ramsey invested his own money in the super PAC. And much of that money carried Massie’s name and message to voters around the expensive Louisville and Cincinnati media markets that serve most of the 20 counties in the 4th District.

“When we get involved in a race, we don’t hold back,” Bates said. “You can’t deny 2,000 points in two media markets … I think the message Thomas had made the difference in the race. We just simply had the ability to tell voters.”

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