March 24th, 2009
04:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Bunning blasts McConnell over fundraising

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Bunning is having problems raising money for his reelection effort."](CNN) - Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning again took aim at his party Tuesday, blaming fellow Senate Republicans, in part, for his poor fundraising performance so far this year.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Bunning lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell - Kentucky's other senator - for launching fundraising efforts for his own campaign even though he will not face re-election for another five years.

"My senior senator [McConnell] also sent out his first mailing for 2014. Just as I refrained from doing it for two years, he sent out his, so you know where he stands," Bunning said in a conference call with local reporters, according to the paper.

Earlier this year, Bunning threatened to sue the National Republican Senatorial Committee if it backed an alternative GOP candidate. On Tuesday, he said NRSC chairman John Cornyn and the nation's poor economy were to blame for his underwhelming fundraising haul so far.

Bunning - who has roughly $150,000 in his campaign account, according to his most recent FEC filing - is considered one of the Senate's most vulnerable Republicans heading into the next cycle.

The outspoken senator also drew headlines last month with his prediction that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who suffers from cancer, would be dead within the year. He later apologized for that comment.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    I'm sure both of you can find a few bailed out banks to fund your sorry campaigns.

    March 24, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. yuri

    Fraction of a faction inside the GOP can only foster fractures and failures among a flock of flatulent fellows, figurin' out how they can fare in a more than fair way of findin' funds, for example.

    March 24, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. SouthernMan

    It's every Republican for himself at this point, and for goodness sake don't show any fear or turn your back.

    March 24, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Mike

    This guy is pathetic...... and an excellent participant for the evolving GOP food fight.

    March 24, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Jeff

    Well good to know that the republicans blame everyone. Finger pointers unite! Join the GOP!

    March 24, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. jim love

    Maybe no one wants to contribute to republican candidates because the voters don't want them to be elected. Sometimes the answer is really simple. Oh, and people don't have as much money as they used to have because of the economy so they're keeping more of what they have for other things. I hope Mr. Bunning understands this.

    March 24, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Roy

    Perhaps to raise money the Republicans could run a reality show hosted by Billy Baldwin where every week Republican governors and Rush Limbaugh have to tackle an obstacle course...and one of them gets voted off at the end of the show by the others.......and all of this could be sponsored by Republican PACs!!

    March 24, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Arley

    The GOP is finished. Hopefully never to rise again.

    March 24, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. arithmetic is liberal

    Roy –
    Please, please, please find someone with investment capital and turn your dream into a reality!

    You alreayd have your number one fan right here!!

    March 24, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Time for Term Limits

    Bunning please retire and allow someone else the chance to serve. Bunning, Byrd and Kennedy are shamefully turning the Senate into the world's most expensive perpertual care facility.

    March 24, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    That's all our Government leadership is focused on is raising finds for the next election? And where does the funding come from? The people, the voters, the citizens of the USA? Or is this business as usual for the two major parties funding from corporate donations, special interest groups, unions, PACs, and Lobbyists?

    March 24, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Lilarose

    Mr. Bunning, why are you even fundraising when our country needs you to participate in our salvation.....from not being a country anymore.

    All your money won't help you much then.

    March 24, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Patrick

    How about this for a Republican campaign strategy: Do your fricking jobs! If the people like the job you are doing, you can run on that. Period. You need not have a large warchest if you showed actual leadership in the leadership position you were in.

    March 24, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Peter

    Why not prove you can stay another six years..?

    March 24, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Looks like someone is trying to give him his marching papers.

    March 24, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Jerry, St. Louis

    Sounds like Dog eat Dog, or two dogs fighting over a bone.
    Will the GOP rip itself apart over fund raising?

    March 24, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. Wolf-Woman Palin Charlotte, NC

    These Rushlicans need to name their party "The Cuckoo's Nest." What a crowd.

    March 24, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. thomas

    Buck it up Jim. You can win without money, after all, you are the incumbent – a decided advantage, n'est pas? Think about all the kudos you'll receive for running a campaign without the support of big money. And when you win, you will be able to stand on your own principles and judgment, unencumbered by your debt to the power brokers.

    March 24, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. MBFLA

    With any luck, nobody will give either of those rightwingers, Bunning or McConnell, a dime more than they are worth. That amount is zero!

    March 24, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. Tim

    Who wants to fund a Loser party

    March 24, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. JUSTIE

    Bunnig is another Republican who thinks he's royalty.

    March 24, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |