With more than a year before the next elections, new political action committee has formed to help Republicans gain control of the Kentucky state House.
The PAC—Pro-Jobs, Pro-Kentucky—was formed earlier this month by Scott Jennings, a longtime Kentucky GOP political operative and Mike Adams, a former political director for the Republican Governor's Association.
Pro-Jobs, Pro-Kentucky's goal is to support state legislative candidates who support economic growth in the Commonwealth, according to fillings with the Internal Revenue Service. The PAC also filed with the Federal Election Commission to be able to raise money.
In a statement, Jennings said unhappiness with Frankfort led to the creation of the PAC.
The key issue for a new Louisville-based political action committee is candidates' use of reproductive rights as a campaign issue.
Reproductive Rights for Kentucky PAC was born from the recent controversy when University of Louisville Hospital attempted to merge with Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives. Critics of the merger raised concerns about CHI's adherence to Catholic religious directives—that certain reproductive health practices, such as tubal litigations, wouldn't be permitted at University Hospital.
The new PAC is chaired by Honi Goldman, a Louisville media relations executive and a critic of the CHI-University Hospital merger. (CHI and University entered into a partnership last year.)
Goldman said the group will support candidates who realized there are bigger issues to deal with than reproductive ones.
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