New group promotes McConnell in anti-Obamacare ad set to hit after Derby

04/25/2013 04:15 PM

A new civic non-profit group is spending six figures to run an ad criticizing the effects of the Affordable Care Act on Kentuckians and featuring U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, which happens to dovetail with McConnell’s 2014 re-election bid.

The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition is an educational non-profit whose stated goal is to put “people above politics and solutions above spin. The Coalition will propose public policy changes and seek their implementation in a non-partisan manner.”

Three Kentucky women compromise the coalition’s Board of Directors, and each one has ties to Republicans.

Kristen Webb is a lawyer from Louisville and has contributed to at least five GOP candidates since 2006, according to records on the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

Bridget M. Bush is a lawyer in the Louisville office of Landrum & Shouse. She represented U.S. Senator Rand Paul as amicus curiae in the cases challenging Obamacare in the Supreme Court of the United States.

Karen Sellers is a health care executive at Highlands Health System in Prestonsburg. Sellers has also contributed to 13 GOP candidates in Kentucky in recent elections.

Louisville-based Republican consultant J. Scott Jennings will serve as a senior adviser to the coalition.

Jennings told Pure Politics in a phone interview that the first ad would focus on Obamacare and will mention that McConnell predicted the law would be a “train-wreck.”

Jennings said the group will run ads that will also talk about job creation and other fiscal matters. Jennings declined to say the specific cost of the ad buy and in which markets it will run.

When asked if the policy would reflect the views of the GOP – considering all the members have ties to the party — Jennings said it was another factor that would influence the decision the advertisements go in.

“They’re all Kentuckians,” Jennings said.


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