FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2010 file photo, Kentucky Senate candidates, Democrat Jack Conway, left, and Republican Rand Paul, prepare for their debate in Louisville, Ky. Candidates have been slinging mud from afar for months, their insults filling TV ads and peppering speeches. Now, they're meeting up close _ in many cases for the only time _ and getting right in each other's faces. (AP Photo/Patti Longmire, File) (AP)

Campaign finance conflict revealed in Ky. Senate race

A businessman who is being sued by Attorney General and Senate hopeful Jack Conway is funding Rand Paul


Justin Elliott
October 28, 2010 5:58PM (UTC)

ABC reports on a campaign finance conflict in Kentucky, where state Attorney General Jack Conway faces Republican Rand Paul:

In the bitter U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, a local millionaire has helped launch a barrage of ads attacking the Democratic candidate – a candidate who, as the state's attorney general, is prosecuting the businessman's nursing home for allegedly covering up sexual abuse, records show.

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In addition to donating personally to Republican Rand Paul's upstart campaign, [Terry] Forcht is the banker handling funds for American Crossroads.

So basically Forcht, whose Hazard Nursing Home is alleged by Conway to have covered up the sexual abuse of a senior, is now targeting Conway in the campaign. He's doing this as a donor for Paul and as the banker for Crossroads, the group tied to Karl Rove that is spending big against Democrats around the country -- including Conway.

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The ABC piece also floats the possibility that Forcht has donated to Crossroads' partner group, American Crossroads GPS, which is organized under a section of the tax code that allows it to keep donors anonymous. It's possible Forcht is a donor to GPS, but (barring an extraordinary leak) we will never know. This highlights one of the problems with lack of disclosure: potential conflicts can pretty easily be hidden from public view.

Here's one of the Crossroads ads against Conway:


Justin Elliott

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