The Money Chatter: Williams on broadcast, PAC wants to jump in, Beshear tax returns and more

04/20/2011 10:03 AM

Republican state Senate President David Williams, one of three GOP gubernatorial candidates, is taking his advertising message to the broadcast airwaves two weeks after running his first TV ad.

Williams will be airing ads throughout the day starting today and ending May 2, according to the public ad file at WLKY, a CBS affiliate in Louisville.

The ads will run during early morning local and national newscasts, as well as during mid-day and evening local news.

The ad buy for WLKY alone was $13,408, according to the file.

Scott Jennings, campaign manager for Williams, said the ad is the same one the campaign has been airing“on cable”:http://mycn2.com/politics/david-williams-to-go-up-with-first-with-tv-ad . He declined to say where the ad was running.

Williams is running against Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw and Louisville businessman Phil Moffett for the GOP nomination for governor. So far, Williams has been the only GOP candidate to run ads on TV or the radio.

Western Representation PAC close to ad buy

Leaders of one conservative political action committee that has come out in support of Moffett said they are $15,000 short of purchasing radio ad time to help support the GOP candidate.

Western Representation PAC, led by former Alaskan U.S. Sen. candidate Joe Miller, sent an e-mail to supporters yesterday urging them to contribute so the PAC can air its first radio ad on the air in support of Moffett.

The group blames Williams for driving up the cost of buying the radio ads because Williams’ campaign has been on the air for three weeks.

Beshear releases 2010 tax returns

Gov. Steve Beshear, who is running for re-election, released his 2010 tax returns yesterday, reporting gross income of $166,224, according to Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The release of Beshear’s tax returns after the release of GOP candidate Holsclaw’s returns last Friday. The Kentucky Democratic Party has called for Williams and Moffett to release their tax returns for a week.

In a statement, Beshear renewed the call on Williams and Moffett to release their returns.

“At a time when the public’s distrust of public officials is high, it is imperative that those who seek this state’s highest office be completely open and transparent about their income, expenses and financial dealings,” Beshear said in an emailed statement. “Only by releasing our tax returns can the public be reassured that we have nothing to hide and will put the taxpayers’ interest before our own.”

Holsclaw files amended finance report

After initially only reporting a little more than $7,240 in fund-raising during the first three months of campaign, Holsclaw has filed a new report saying she has raised $22,774 during the same time period.

Holsclaw’s campaign previously said the campaign mistakenly filed a report two weeks early. Holsclaw has more than $15,000 cash on hand, according to the new report. But she still trails between her GOP opponents, who have reported in January raising more than $55,000 for Moffett and more than $750,000 for Williams. Neither Moffett’s or Williams’ latest reports were available online yet as of 11 a.m. Wednesday.

-Reporting by Kenny Colston

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