Super PACs in 4th Congressional District GOP primary? Candidates are bracing for them

02/22/2012 07:18 AM

Republicans in the seven-candidate field for the 4th Congressional District are bracing for a sprint to the nomination that will likely attract outside groups, known as “Super PACs.”

One of the candidates, Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie, said he had heard “rumors” of potential deep-pocketed donors looking to start independent campaign groups to get involved in the race in support of a particular candidate, potentially even for him.

“We’re certainly not directing one or encouraging anybody to do one, but I think there may be folks that see my message — my small government message — and might get behind it independently,” Massie said.

Super PACs emerged after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in January 2010 in the Citizens United case. They can raise unlimited money from donors — but cannot coordinate with candidates or their campaigns.

Super PACs have played key roles in this spring’s Republican primary for president.

Another candidate, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, started to say that he didn’t think voters wanted Super PACs “coming in and telling …” before rephrasing to: “Super PACs shouldn’t choose the next congressman in the 4th Congressional District.”

Moore and Massie are competing with state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington, Fort Mitchell businessman Tom Wurtz, lawyer and blogger Marcus Carey, Oldham County developer and school board member Walt Schumm and Brian Oerther, a teacher who lives in Oldham County.

It’s the first seven-candidate primary since the 1998 Democratic primary in the 6th Congressional District.


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