Shocking Mitch McConnell Mailer Suggests Kentucky Voters Involved in ‘Election Fraud’

mcconnell-thumbs-upIn what might be one of the most unethical election related stories I’ve ever run across, it seems the Republican party in Kentucky – authorized by Mitch McConnell’s Senate Committee 2014 – has been sending out campaign material that seems to imply that those receiving it are guilty of committing some form of election fraud.

There’s no way this was done “by accident,” and it’s clear why many Democrats are viewing this as a blatant attempt at voter suppression.


Here’s a copy of one of these notices:

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Now you can’t tell me that this doesn’t look like some kind of official notice alerting whatever voter is getting it that they’ve committed some form of illegal election activity.

It’s only when you open it up do you find out that it’s a campaign ad paid for by the Republican party of Kentucky.

Inside the mailer reads:

Dear Citizen,

This document serves as a notification to you, as a resident of Kentucky and a registered voter in the aforementioned commonwealth, of fraudulent information that is being deliberately spread to voters in your area. The information that has been red-flagged as 100% false is being purposely spread by the campaign of the federal candidate named below:

Alison Lundergan Grimes.

With the campaign for United States Senate nearly complete, Alison Lundergan Grimes has chosen to launch an advertising campaign that independent sources prove is filled with blatant lies intended solely to deceive Kentucky voters.

Needless to say, many Democrats are irate over this highly unethical campaign flier.


Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Dan Logsdon issued a statement saying:

After trying for 16 months to buy this election, Mitch McConnell and the out-of-state special interests that support him are now trying to steal Kentucky’s Senate seat using questionable and possibly illegal voter suppression tactics. The despicable mailers targeting Kentucky voters with misleading information are just another sign of Mitch McConnell’s desperation as Kentuckians hold him accountable for his 30-year failed record in Washington.

This is absolutely ridiculous. These mailers are clearly meant to confuse or discourage people from voting. There’s absolutely no other reason to have produced a flier that seems like some kind of notice of an election law violation. It’s just blatantly obvious that Republicans are doing everything they can to discourage people from voting.

Whether it’s limiting early voting times, having fewer voting locations or passing strict new voter ID laws, Republicans want as few Americans as possible to show up to the polls this year. They know when fewer people vote, the better it is for the GOP.

And it’s like I’ve said numerous times, any party or politician who’s trying to make it more difficult to vote or discourage Americans from voting clearly has some kind of unethical ulterior motive.

According to Talking Points Memo, neither the McConnell campaign nor the Kentucky Republican party responded to several inquiries for comment about the mailer. Big surprise there.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Sandy Greer

    Hm. How stupid does Clifton think we voters are?

    >Now you can’t tell me that this doesn’t look like some kind of official notice alerting whatever voter is getting it that they’ve committed some form of illegal election activity

    ^^^If I received that envelope (even prior to opening it) no way in Hell would I believe it an ‘official notice’ that I ‘committed some form of illegal election activity’. No way in Hell would I be discouraged from voting.

    Frankly, it looks like one of those ‘official notices’ I just won a free luxury resort vacation. You know – the kind where the very small print says I have to attend a 90-min Timeshare presentation.

    Good Lord. Mountains and Molehills.

    • Guest

      This fits all the classic definitional markers of manufactured outraged.

      Needless to say, many Democrats are irate over this highly unethical campaign flier.”

      Needless to say, indeed. Imagine how upset Democrats must be in Kentucky, two days before the election, down a good 5-7 points, and now this flyer, something every mailbox in America receives in some form or another at least three times a week.

      Good grief.

      • Steve Brains

        That is patent BULLSHIT. You receive notice by MAIL addressed from the State Capitol , PERSONALLY addressed to you, about mass fraud in your election committed by the (anonymous but allege) GOVERNMENTAL sender …
        …at least THREE times a week?

        BULLSHIT!

      • Guest

        ‘In some form or another’. If you don’t go vote because of a flyer like that then you’re too dumb to vote. You’re freaking out because you like to freak out, Brains. Simple as that.

      • Steve Brains

        I will aGREE with that. if you vote FOR the guy who SENT it. you ar e dumber than that!!!

        You just seemed to GLEEFULLY GLOSS OVER the reality that the Republican Patriot and Senate MAJORITY LEADER may have committed BLATANT Election FRAUD!!!!

      • Guest

        ‘Seemed to…..’

        ‘May have……’

        Yawn.

    • Steve Brains

      YOu must NEVER have been to Kentucky!!!! You most likely have NEVER been either STOP & FRISKED or even had a erroneous credit card charge on your bill.

      • Sandy Greer

        YOU must have bought that timeshare.

        (6 word novels – succinct, and amusing)

      • Steve Brains

        I got THERE Driving flatbeds OTR

      • Sandy Greer

        You got it – I like that.
        Though it took you long enough.
        (I left a trail of clues)

        ^^^Three for you – ’cause you’re special.

      • Steve Brains

        PS Glad you got over it.

      • Sandy Greer

        Wary – as moths are, of flames. 😉

      • Steve Brains

        Flying lessons are worth the price.

      • Sandy Greer

        I’m good for Flights of Fancy.

      • Steve Brains

        Love watchin’ the fancy pants dance!

      • Steve Brains

        Do I need a saddle on you?

    • Lawrencia

      No its unethical behavior from the GOP. Shocker, I know. (eye roll)

    • Cemetery Girl

      I’m not outraged, but I am disgusted because some people will fall for this. Just like with a scam, most people won’t fall for it but some will. Right now there is a scam in our area where guys are calling people, claiming to work for Windows (don’t say Microsoft, but say Windows) claiming that their computer sent “Windows” a notice that their computer was infected with a virus and the guys need to walk you through the process of allowing them access to the computer so they can remove it. Obvious scam to try to gain information, right? But people are falling for it. We’ve gotten three calls about it already. (I’ve played with them twice and just said “oh heck no” and hung up the third time. A year ago I did pick up a really annoying computer article. I was looking for an image to use in a project and next thing I know a screen pops up stating the FBI detected an illegal download and I could pay a fine of a couple hundred dollars or my computer would remain frozen and I would face criminal charges. I didn’t fall for it (instead I called my husband at work begging “fix it, fix it, fix it!”), but the scam works because some people will fall for it (and even after paying money have to send their computer to be fixed. This mailer isn’t that much different. Most people won’t fall for it, but if only 1% of the population that received it don’t vote out of fear that they would be committing voter fraud then it worked.

      • Sandy Greer

        If, if, if. Supposition and speculation. But:

        Setting phones to record saves annoyance. 😉

    • Steve Brains

      Moles have tits?

  • nivek5913

    Sounds like a Karl Rove trick. Watch out Kentucky!

    • Steve Brains

      EXACTLY!!! but an HONEST candidate like Grimes (she has filed suit and I HOPE she gets the injunction and public service announcements tomorrow in court) would NEVER do this, but it’s proudly business as usual for the GOP.

      A COUP would be a State Trooper ARRESTING Mitch @ an event ON CAMERA for ELECTION FRAUD, the day before the polls open. I would do that for Allison! Even if it cost me a write up for making a ‘false’ arrest.

  • gbrbr

    The point is, the content of this letter cited a completely unrelated statute. The polls show one thing but the fact that the Clintons, Elizabeth Warren and others have been out there this week, coupled with the intimidating letters being sent out right before election day, means that there is more to the polls than what the general public thinks. For example, the last Bluegrass poll majorly overstated the Independent and Republican vote. They polled 20+ percent less Democrats than are actually in the state. This race will be close and I think Alison Lundergan Grimes will be the winner.

    • Steve Brains

      She DID hurt herself by dodging the question about who she voted for. She a bright girl (for Kentucky) How hard was it to say, “I voted AGAINST the BIG RED MACHINE that was CAUGHT LYING ON NATIONAL TV during the debate. Romney flat out LIED about Jeep and He lied about his tax reform plans for more than 17 months. I VOTED FOR the people of KENTUCKY!”

      But that gotcha question was most likely exactly that. Interviews have ground rules and journalists break them all the time. You could see on her face as it was snuck in between two unrelated questions. But she handled it poorly.

      Still, I think she’s what an under 79 Kentucky needs. I say she takes it by 3 points 51-48.

      • Guest

        Hahaha.

        You’re delusional, Brains.

  • Steve Brains

    I NEVER thought Mitch was a CRIMINAL, until Now.
    Corrupt YES!! Disgusting ABSOLUTELY!!!!

    But this is beyond any civil contempt. He is LIBELING his opponent in an effort to STEAL taxpayer dollars. and the very FACT that he APPROVED this means he is too doddering an old fool to run a campaign.

    if B-pac or any of the 120 Koch funded groups had done it, he might have even gotten away with it. if he were in Florida, where Republican election fraud it KING… maybe, but this is as stupid as leaving your driver’s license on the counter of the store you just robbed.

    This should be the last straw wake up call for AMERICA!!! THIS is what your Republican Party is ALL ABOUT.

  • Steve Brains

    This guy RUNJS the Republican SENATE???

  • Lawrencia

    This is as bad as Scott Walker sending out robo calls the morning of his recall election. The robo called told people if they signed his recall petition, that counted as their vote and they would not need to vote if that was the case.

  • Michael Hill

    McConnell pays people to come to his campaign stops. That is called Vote Buying and is a violation of both state and federasd election laws.

  • Mike Alderdice

    I agree that this looks like an illegal and unethical attempt at voter suppression, why are we writing articles about it instead of taking it up with the Attorney General of the Commonwealth?

  • Debbie Raines Smith

    Can’t stand him!

  • Jeff

    After all we have seen from him over the last few years this is hardly shocking.

  • Gabriel Gentile

    “Shocking”.
    I don’t think it means what you think it means.
    It suggests some amount of surprise.