Rand Paul tells supporters ads go up Wednesday while Jack Conway raises money goal

09/07/2010 07:38 PM

(UPDATED WITH PAUL’S AD) Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul told supporters in an e-mail request for donations that he has “authorized my campaign to purchase air time” starting Wednesday and made a plea to match Democratic candidate Jack Conway’s fundraising.

“The ad will be about me, my medical practice and my opposition to Obamacare,” Paul told supporters in the e-mail with the subject line “I could really use your help.” He also said he “will need to raise $350,000 in the next two weeks” to pay for ad time and keep pace with Conway.

At about midnight, Paul’s campaign tweeted out a link to the ad. Here it is:

Paul pegged the request to the news that Conway, taking a page from Paul’s campaign playbook, coordinated a successful online “money bomb.” Conway’s campaign sought out to raise at least $260,000 through the online event.

Just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, Conway’s campaign manager Jonathan Drobis dispatched an e-mail to supporters announcing that a $20 donation from a woman in Gilbertsville put the campaign over the $260,000 mark, prompting the campaign to raise its goal to $300,000.

“Every last dollar is crucial,” Drobis’ e-mail said.

That’s one area where the two campaigns agree. Both have been playing off of each other’s actions during this campaign finance arms race to amass enough cash to pay for commercials and  air time down the stretch.

“I hate to ask, but I urgently need your help,” began Paul’s e-mail blast Tuesday evening. It mentions Conway’s “money bomb” goal of $260,000. “It looks like he’ll get that, and then some … He’s been on TV already for two weeks, while we have been conserving resources. It’s really important that we go up to match him.”

Paul then wrote that his campaign can’t “wait any longer.”

While Conway is in his second week of advertising, a conservative group has more than matched his air-time. Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, a political committee, has hammered Conway for voicing support for the health care bill that passed Congress in March. Its most recent ad places Conway in the front seat of a car with President Barack Obama and says they are taking the country in the wrong direction.

Paul, a Bowling Green eye surgeon, has railed against the health care bill saying he objects to it adding to the scope of the federal government as well as to its budget. And throughout the Republican primary campaign he touted his role as a physician, although he has come under fire for choosing not to seek re-certification through the existing American Board of Ophthalmologists and instead started his own accrediting group.

Paul didn’t release the ad or disclose the extent of the purchase of airtime.

- Ryan Alessi

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