In late March and early April 2008, Greg Fischer attacked Bruce Lunsford’s campaign contribution history. That hypocritical attack resulted in a close examination of Fischer’s own contribution history. And it’s coming back to haunt him in his current mayoral race.
Greg Fischer has a history of contributing to the most rabid, right-wing Republicans in the country, as does the rest of his family. On October 8, 1998 Greg Fischer gave $250 to Anne Northup. On October 10, 2000 he gave Northup an additional $350– meaning he approved of her activity in congress enough to give her more money. Check for yourself at FEC.gov. And on July 1, 1998 Fischer gave Republican Rebecca Jackson $250. She’s not quite a rabid right-winger, but Republican nonetheless.
So what’s with the hypocrisy? Fischer and his family can give thousands to Republicans and others cannot? Does Greg Fischer regret his Republican contributions? Does he attack his sister Lynn for her 1996 contribution to Mitch McConnell? Joe’s (NOTE IN 2010: apparently not an immediate family member) four contributions to Jim Bunning and $1,000 contribution to the Republican Party of Kentucky? Or George’s contributions to Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and Anne Northup? How does he explain George’s $1,000 contribution to Bruce in last year’s gubernatorial primary? We’re just wondering.
His tight ties with the far right isn’t going to help him much in the Democratic primary. Not with so many other well-liked candidates in the race.
Greg Fischer’s other problems aren’t going to help him, either:
- Fischer Campaign Solicits MoveOn Endorsement [March 27, 2008]
- Fischer’s FEC Report: You’re Gonna Love This [April 18, 2008]
- Fischer Struggles for Name I.D., Attacks [April 22, 2008]
- Andrew Horne Speaks Out on Greg Fischer [April 30, 2008]
- More Fischer Hypocrisy? Bandwagons and Everything? [May 7, 2008]
- More of Fischer’s Open Book: Big Pharma** [May 8, 2008]
- The Herald-Leader Profiles Fischer & More [May 9, 2008]
- Fischer Campaign Finance Mistake Take 100 [May 15, 2008]
- Rehashing Fischer’s Gen. Election Funds Snafu [May 19, 2008]
- Fischer Campaign Finance Issue Gets Reborn [September 29, 2009]
- Another Potential KREF Problem for Fischer [October 8, 2009]
Figured it’d be easier (Greg’s a fan of doing the easy thing, according to him at the Louisville Forum) to link what’s already out there in the public record than to re-write it all.
** Greg says he’s an open book. And his latest television spot is about customer service and transparency in government. So why did he all the sudden decide to send his campaign finance report to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance by mail? So he could delay the process of the report getting released to the public. And so he could avoid having his campaign expenditures scrutinized, as they won’t be released. We won’t be holding our breathe as we await Fischer’s full KREF report to arrive in our email inbox.
In the latest television spot, Fischer says he’s running for mayor to make city hall the most open in the nation. He says that begins with offering more online services (but not for campaign finance reports?) and doing things out in the open (except when it comes to campaign finance reports). Maybe his next ad could say, “Do as I say, not as I do. Vote for Greg!”