Secretive pension group run by former anti-Grimes super PAC team

10/31/2017 05:48 PM

A group called Save Our Pensions has spent several thousand dollars on TV and radio ads supporting the concepts behind the pension reform bill, but the people behind the group have been supporting conservative candidates even longer.

Save Our Pensions, Inc. has the same directors has Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, which spent millions opposing Alison Lundergan Grimes in the 2014 U.S. Sen campaign against Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.

The 501(c )(4) focusing their message nearly in lock step with the message Gov. Matt Bevin has been delivering to business groups around the state.

According to records kept with the Secretary of State, Save Our Pension Inc. has a post office box in Louisville and the current directors of the company are Karen Sellers, Bridget Bush and John Triplett.

The very same names that appear on the Secretary of State’s website as directors of Save Our Pensions are also listed as directors for the super PAC Kentucky Opportunity Coalition —the same company responsible for dozens of ads opposing Grimes in her race against McConnell in 2014.

According to The Center for Responsive Politics, The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition spent more than $7 million opposing the Grimes campaign in 2014.

Kentucky Opportunity Coalition isn’t required to list donors, however according to IRS records obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics, the super PAC did receive $390,000 from Crossroads GPS; the president of the company according to their website is Steven Law, a former chief of staff for McConnell.

Reporting by Richard Essex.

6 Comments

Comments

  • Christopher Tobe wrote on November 01, 2017 08:10 AM :

    McConnell received at least $2.3 million from Blackstone CEO Blackstone is KRS largest investment vendor in secret no-bid contracts. I suspect Blackstone, KKR and other vendors behind this group which has a goal to kill #FreeCERS

  • Christopher Tobe wrote on November 01, 2017 08:10 AM :

    McConnell received at least $2.3 million from Blackstone CEO Blackstone is KRS largest investment vendor in secret no-bid contracts. I suspect Blackstone, KKR and other vendors behind this group which has a goal to kill #FreeCERS

  • Christopher Tobe wrote on November 01, 2017 08:10 AM :

    McConnell received at least $2.3 million from Blackstone CEO Blackstone is KRS largest investment vendor in secret no-bid contracts. I suspect Blackstone, KKR and other vendors behind this group which has a goal to kill #FreeCERS

  • sally sue wrote on November 01, 2017 08:59 AM :

    Proofreading is a good thing, you should try it.

  • sally sue wrote on November 01, 2017 09:01 AM :

    Proofreading is a good thing, you should try it.

  • Raymond Hurst wrote on November 01, 2017 01:20 PM :

    This sounds like a group which would be completely un-biased on this issue. Wink, wink. The Republican solution to the pension problem is to do away with it altogether. I guess in a sense; if they do away with it, that will be one way of fixing it. That is always the Republican solution; if something needs fixed; get rid of it. Remember the Social Security ‘‘reform’‘ where the Republican way to fix it was to gut it for everyone under the age of 50? The Legislators in Frankfort and D.C.sure are lucky. They don’t have to cut anything from their retirement. They are fully funded. It sure is handy to be able to control your own salary and retirement.

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