New super PAC planning "very healthy media campaign" for Gray in Senate race against Paul

08/31/2016 07:58 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray is getting some help in his bid to unseat Sen. Rand Paul from a newly formed Lexington-based super PAC.

Kentucky Moving Forward, which plans to air television and radio advertising in the Nov. 8 contest, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission Aug. 16. It lists Steve Wilson, co-founder of 21c Museum Hotels, as its treasurer.

In a news release Wednesday, the group said it will support “candidates with a long history of creating jobs, solving problems and demonstrating fiscal responsibility.”

“There’s a bipartisan group of business leaders across the state who want to see somebody like Jim Gray as our United States senator, somebody that has a record of fiscal responsibility and creating jobs, unlike Rand Paul,” Kentucky Moving Forward spokesman Jared Smith said in a phone interview.

The super PAC will have “a very healthy paid media campaign” heading into Election Day, Smith said. He declined to say when the group planned to launch advertising.

“I don’t want to tip my hand just yet on that,” he said.

Paul’s campaign, which has twice as much cash on hand as Gray’s with $2.2 million in its coffers, did not return a request for comment.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135.


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