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False Attack Ads Funded by UMG - Pikeville's Public Works Contractor

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Pollster

Lund, Sweden

#1 Dec 30, 2011
Should City Tax Dollars be used to fund Untrue Election Attack Ads? Yes or No?
Say What

Pikeville, KY

#2 Dec 30, 2011
No!!!!!!!!!!
Smack the editor

Iasi, Romania

#3 Dec 30, 2011
Hell No!
of course not

Thelma, KY

#4 Dec 30, 2011
Pollster wrote:
Should City Tax Dollars be used to fund Untrue Election Attack Ads? Yes or No?
Of course not. I am going to pay my county taxes today before the first the year. I hope that my tax dollars are being spent responsibly.
Butterfly Dreams

Chesterfield, MO

#5 Dec 30, 2011
Tax dollars should not be used to fund ANY election ads...attack ads or not.
Say What

Pikeville, KY

#6 Dec 30, 2011
of course not wrote:
<quoted text>
Of course not. I am going to pay my county taxes today before the first the year. I hope that my tax dollars are being spent responsibly.
They're not!
of course not

Thelma, KY

#7 Dec 30, 2011
Say What wrote:
<quoted text> They're not!
The longer I live here, the more I realize that.
Amelia

Netherlands

#10 Feb 27, 2013
Pollster wrote:
Should City Tax Dollars be used to fund Untrue Election Attack Ads? Yes or No?
Yes, especially if it's tax dollars, which according to Attorney General is the only place UMG gets its money. Pikeville should be proud, as should Mountain Water District, to have a public works contractor that participated in an untrue, illegal, FCC jurisdictional, political attack ad against an individual that brought attention to the corruption going on in this County. The County Judge brags on UMG, the City Manager brags on UMG, why? One can only wonder how bad it really is, right under our nose!
GOP

Hansford, WV

#11 Feb 27, 2013
A very intelligent, moral, and highly respected gentleman said:

"PIKE COUNTY HAS THE BEST CROOKS IN KENTUCKY".

I have seen that statement proven TRUE more times than I want to count.

Could the crooks he was referring to have been directly and personally involved with UMG? ABSOLUTELY!!

Where's the public outrage at a desperate introduction and rapid passage of HB496 that protects UMG and all of those involved from being exposed?

This passage occurred at the same time we had TWO very active legislators being accused of 'back door' deals with UMG!

Legislators being suspected..., and immediate legislation passed to prevent them from being 'outed' if indeed guilty, certainly points a long finger of accusation and disgust in their direction.

Why has Vanderbeck not seen the implication of corruption and reported on that embarrassing and probably criminal activity by our so-called 'leaders'?

Oh yeah!!! His very suspicious acting buddy 'Little frankie' was involved 'up to his ears' in the smut campaign to quiet a Magistrate who DARED ask questions about UMG.
Observer

Ransom, KY

#12 Feb 27, 2013
Why would people from Louisville I've never seen or met start this attack group, hire a high priced lawyer from Atlanta and spend tens of thousands of dollars in the District Six magistrates race in Pike County Kentucky?” he asked.“People aren't stupid. Follow the trail of the money.”
GOP

Hansford, WV

#13 Feb 27, 2013
http://www.kentucky.com/2010/07/02/1332137/pi...

Excerpts:

Justice's company helped pay for a television ad with racy images of a stripper's behind, criticizing Harris' spending on hotel rooms and bar tabs as an officer and board member for the Kentucky Association of Counties. Harris denied the accusations that he was involved in the spending, which has been investigated by the state auditor's office.

The ad was yanked from the airwaves by Hazard TV station WYMT but was broadcast by InterMountain and Suddenlink cable stations.

Election finance filings by Citizens for Eastern Kentucky Government, which lists a Louisville mailing address, say the group also received $2,500 from The Law Office of Ray Jones & Bill Hickman; $1,500 from RM Johnson Engineering in Hindman; $3,000 from Rayne Ash LLC in Corbin; $2,500 from MGC Supplies Inc. in Dorton; $2,000 from Thomas Smith of Thomas Consulting of Corbin; $1,000 from bookkeeper Patricia Litafik in Phelps; $15,000 from Utility Management Group, which operates Pike County's Mountain Water District; and $500 from UMG's president, Greg May.

Ray Jones, a state senator, does legal work for UMG. Harris, Pike's 6th District magistrate, was highly critical of UMG's operation of the water utility in the past year.

Unauthorized campaign groups are a kind of election committee that can support or oppose particular candidates but can't work in concert with a candidate. At least one donor to Citizens for Eastern Kentucky Government, Litafik, also donated to Harris' primary opponent, Gary Thacker.

Thacker lost the race despite outspending Harris by nearly $13,500.

The News-Express reported that Justice said, through City Manager Donovan Blackburn, that he donated to the campaign group because "Harris has not been a friend to the city," which also is a customer of UMG.

Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2010/07/02/1332137/pi...
False Attack Ads

Elkhorn City, KY

#14 Feb 28, 2013
Why has the KBA not suspended anyone?
Anyone know

Ransom, KY

#15 Mar 4, 2013
Does this waste of money that UMG spent on stripper ads have anything to do with my high water bill?
Observer

Ransom, KY

#16 Mar 4, 2013
Pollster wrote:
Should City Tax Dollars be used to fund Untrue Election Attack Ads? Yes or No?
What idiot would contribute to an ad like that? You all need to get a life.
GOP

Capon Bridge, WV

#17 Mar 4, 2013
Observer wrote:
<quoted text> What idiot would contribute to an ad like that? You all need to get a life.
It does appear those (idiots) named above who did contribute stood to gain a lot from Magistrate Harris' defeat, or stood to lose a lot if he stayed in office and had UMG investigated.

One thing we do know: After Magistrate Harris defeated his opponent so easily, even being outspent by a huge amount; With Senator Ray Jones doggedly representing UMG and standing against transparency, and obviously defending that company from Chris Harris' questioning, there was legislation (HB496) hurriedly passed that suddenly protects UMG and their records from public access.

Why did they work so feverishly and desperately to HIDE something if there is nothing to hide?

I wonder just if and how many elected officials and/or their families and friends have received money from UMG and how much it has cost us citizens on our skyrocketing water bills.
LMAO

Ransom, KY

#18 Apr 29, 2013
Pollster wrote:
Should City Tax Dollars be used to fund Untrue Election Attack Ads? Yes or No?
Yes, but only in Distrct 6!!!
Maybe

Ransom, KY

#19 Aug 28, 2013
Anyone know wrote:
Does this waste of money that UMG spent on stripper ads have anything to do with my high water bill?
It has a lot to do wit you seeing my fat ass on TV.
There not

Pikeville, KY

#20 Sep 20, 2013
of course not wrote:
<quoted text>
Of course not. I am going to pay my county taxes today before the first the year. I hope that my tax dollars are being spent responsibly.
They are being spent in elections by a public agency!!!
Public Agency

Pikeville, KY

#21 Sep 20, 2013
GOP wrote:
A very intelligent, moral, and highly respected gentleman said:
"PIKE COUNTY HAS THE BEST CROOKS IN KENTUCKY".
I have seen that statement proven TRUE more times than I want to count.
Could the crooks he was referring to have been directly and personally involved with UMG? ABSOLUTELY!!
Where's the public outrage at a desperate introduction and rapid passage of HB496 that protects UMG and all of those involved from being exposed?
This passage occurred at the same time we had TWO very active legislators being accused of 'back door' deals with UMG!
Legislators being suspected..., and immediate legislation passed to prevent them from being 'outed' if indeed guilty, certainly points a long finger of accusation and disgust in their direction.
Why has Vanderbeck not seen the implication of corruption and reported on that embarrassing and probably criminal activity by our so-called 'leaders'?
Oh yeah!!! His very suspicious acting buddy 'Little frankie' was involved 'up to his ears' in the smut campaign to quiet a Magistrate who DARED ask questions about UMG.
Let Us Pray
Wild Stuff

Pikeville, KY

#22 Oct 24, 2013
GOP wrote:
http://www.kentucky.com/2010/0 7/02/1332137/pikeville-mayor-a ccused-of-slugging.html
Excerpts:
Justice's company helped pay for a television ad with racy images of a stripper's behind, criticizing Harris' spending on hotel rooms and bar tabs as an officer and board member for the Kentucky Association of Counties. Harris denied the accusations that he was involved in the spending, which has been investigated by the state auditor's office.
The ad was yanked from the airwaves by Hazard TV station WYMT but was broadcast by InterMountain and Suddenlink cable stations.
Election finance filings by Citizens for Eastern Kentucky Government, which lists a Louisville mailing address, say the group also received $2,500 from The Law Office of Ray Jones & Bill Hickman; $1,500 from RM Johnson Engineering in Hindman; $3,000 from Rayne Ash LLC in Corbin; $2,500 from MGC Supplies Inc. in Dorton; $2,000 from Thomas Smith of Thomas Consulting of Corbin; $1,000 from bookkeeper Patricia Litafik in Phelps; $15,000 from Utility Management Group, which operates Pike County's Mountain Water District; and $500 from UMG's president, Greg May.
Ray Jones, a state senator, does legal work for UMG. Harris, Pike's 6th District magistrate, was highly critical of UMG's operation of the water utility in the past year.
Unauthorized campaign groups are a kind of election committee that can support or oppose particular candidates but can't work in concert with a candidate. At least one donor to Citizens for Eastern Kentucky Government, Litafik, also donated to Harris' primary opponent, Gary Thacker.
Thacker lost the race despite outspending Harris by nearly $13,500.
The News-Express reported that Justice said, through City Manager Donovan Blackburn, that he donated to the campaign group because "Harris has not been a friend to the city," which also is a customer of UMG.
Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2010/07/02/1332137/pi...
Is any of this stuff true? Was UMG involved in this attack ad?

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