Matt Bevin is helping raise campaign cash for like-minded state House candidates

07/28/2014 02:06 PM

Former U.S. Senate primary challenger Republican Matt Bevin is using his network to support conservative Republicans in state House races this year.

Bevin has focused his efforts via a “money bomb” seeking donations for four Republicans running for state House. The term money bomb originated with Ron Paul, and it represents an often online, time-limited, grassroots donation platform — in this instance Bevin’s personal website.

Sarah Durand, a spokeswoman for Bevin, said that Bevin wants to do his part to help conservatives take the state House, which has been held by Democrats since 1921.

“Matt genuinely cares about the future of Kentucky and is doing everything he possibly can to help elect men and women who have the integrity, experience, and ingenuity to help move the state forward,” Durand said. “This year, we have some truly incredible state House candidates – some of the best the state has ever seen. So, it’s an exciting time to be a conservative and see all the potential the November elections hold.”

On his website Bevin lists the priorities for a Republican-led House of Representatives which include:

“Reforming our archaic tax code, solving our pension crisis, and improving education through school vouchers, charter schools, and blocking Common Core.”

But, Bevin says on the website that Republicans need to elect the right kind of Republicans. “…We don’t just need GOP leaders, we need the right GOP leaders.”

The candidates Bevin is backing with $21 suggested donations include two open House seats, one incumbent Republican held seat and one Democratic held seat.

10th District
Alan Claypool who describes himself as “liberty minded.” Claypool is running for the open 10th District House seat in Hancock and Breckenridge Counties, which has been held by retiring Rep. Dwight Butler.
Democrat Dean Schamore is a small businessman and a military veteran, and brings a fundraising advantage to the general election with more than $34,000 in the bank.

The race made the Pure Politics July edition of House races to watch.

26th District
Incumbent Rep. Russell Webber, R-Sheperdsville, is another “liberty minded” candidate Bevin is supporting. Webber won his seat in 2012 by knocking off Democrat Rep. Linda Belcher with the help of prominent federal lawmakers U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie’s endorsements.

Webber faces Democrat J. Scott Wantland, an attorney in the House race.

In a phone interview with Pure Politics Webber said he “appreciated the help” from Bevin and that “campaigning can be very expensive” but he said he hasn’t been in contact with Bevin in the last few months.

“I have not spoken to Matt Bevin since the primary,” Webber said adding that it looks like a signal that Bevin might be considering a run for governor.

Webber said he has already promised his support to James Comer in a 2015 GOP primary election, but that there’s a place in Kentucky politics for Bevin.

“He should remain involved in the political process,” Webber said.

32nd House District
The 32nd, is another of the most interesting races in the state, the Louisville open seat challenge also carries a familiar Tea Party name in Republican Phil Moffett — who ran for governor in the 2011 GOP primary against David Williams.

Moffett is running against Democrat Ashley Miller, a nurse from Louisville. Moffett is refilling his campaign coffers after spending nearly $40,000 in his primary election. But, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and now Bevin have been helping him re-coup for the general.

“A lot of folks are doing a lot of different things to help Republicans flip the House,” Moffett told Pure Politics in a phone interview.

20th District
Bevin is also spotlighting the Bowling Green House race where Republican Jenean Hampton of Bowling Green, is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Jody Richards.

Hampton is the Southern Kentucky- Bowling Green Tea Party chair who helped kick off Bevin’s Senate run in Frankfort at the end of July last year.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, 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 the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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