A new political action committee seeks to educate Kentucky’s rural voters about the voting records of their federal elected officials – namely Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Bluegrass Rural spokeswoman Gail Hardy said the decline of print newspapers has left rural voters in the dark.
“They don’t have as much information out there for them to stay informed,” Hardy said. “So what we want to do is just educate voters before they can go to the polls so they know issues before they get to the voting booth. Especially issues that affect rural voters and small communities.”
Those issues, according to the Warren County-based PAC, include rural broadband internet service, trade agreements that ship jobs overseas and agriculture research.
Hardy said Bluegrass Rural doesn’t endorse any particular candidate, but the PAC’s website currently showcases four negative reports on McConnell’s record, and none for any other elected official.
Hardy said the PAC doesn't expect to raise as much money as other 527s and stressed the need to educate voters rather than throw money at the 2014 election.
According to Bluegrass Rural, Kentucky is the ninth most rural state in the country, with 85 of Kentucky’s 120 counties considered rural.