World's Most Honest Candidate Gets IndieGoGo Funding For Kentucky Senate Race
from the satire-for-hire dept
There’s been plenty of talk about the influence of money in politics — and we’ve certainly covered ambitious projects like Larry Lessig’s MayDay SuperPAC a few times. However, down in Kentucky, a group called Represent.us is taking a different — and potentially more effective — approach to making people aware of the nefarious impact of money in politics. They’ve organized a satirical campaign for the Kentucky Senate by Gil Fulbright — the most Honest Politician in Kentucky. Fulbright, of course, is played by an actor (Frank Ridley), but does a pretty good impression of a politician. To get a sense of his level of honesty, check out this campaign ad:
Hi! I’m Gil Fulbright. The people who run my campaign made this commercial and I’m in it. This campaign? It’s not about me. It’s about crafting a version of me that appeals to you. A version that visits random work sites with paid actors, pointing at things. A version of me that doesn’t find old people loathsome or pointless. Has a conventionally attractive, yet curiously still, family. Listening to my constituents, legislating? These are things I don’t do. What I do is spend about 70% of my time raising funds for re-election….
It goes on in that style and is pretty amusing. He’s got some other commercials too, such as one for net neutrality and one for health care, both with the tagline: “I’m Gil Fulbright: for the right price, I’ll approve any message.”
Represent.us put together an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund their plan to insert Fulbright (satirically) into the high profile (and very expensive) Kentucky Senatorial race. He’s obviously not running for real, but the idea is to piggyback on the spotlight on the Kentucky race between Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes, which is expected to cost $100 million (nearly all of it from out of state). As Represent.us explains how they’ll make use of Fulbright’s “campaign”:
He’ll crash campaign events, run ?honest political ads? on TV and the radio, and do whatever it takes to get the whole country talking about money in politics corruption. We?re renting a campaign bus, slapping Gil?s beautiful face on it, and hitting the campaign trail to bring some much-needed honesty to one of the most expensive Senate campaigns in American history.
The IndieGoGo campaign quickly raised its targeted $20,000 (needed for a campaign bus), and is rapidly approaching the $30,000 for billboards. The team is hoping for even more to put some of their ads on TV as well. Obviously, this alone isn’t going to move the needle on the question of money in politics, but greater attention from a variety of different angles can only help raise awareness.