McConnell Criticizes Lunsford's Funding

by Gabe Bullard on July 23, 2008

Senator Mitch McConnell is criticizing his opponent Bruce Lunsford over campaign funding.

In June the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the so-called millionaire’s amendment in House races. The provision had previously allowed candidates take more than the maximum donation from supporters if other candidates spent large sums of personal funds on their own campaign.

Assuming the same ruling would be made for Senate races, Lunsford began donating to himself. McConnell’s campaign manager Justin Brasell says Lunsford has done the same in past campaigns, and is trying to buy a senate seat

“We think he’s shown a willingness in the past to spend $15 million on runs for governor and he’s already put three million of his own in this race,” says Brasell.

McConnell has raised 15 million dollars so far. Lunsford has raised $600 thousand and given $2.5 million of his own money to the campaign. A spokesperson for the Lunsford campaign says the Louisville businessman does not need to match his opponent’s fundraising to run a successful campaign.

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