Gil Fulbright, a satirical candidate in the Kentucky race between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, is giving Americans a rare glimpse at an honest politician.
Fulbright, the brainchild of the campaign finance reform group Represent.Us, is running his fake campaign in Kentucky because the McConnell/Grimes race is shaping up to be the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history.
The race between McConnell and Grimes is on pace to cost an unprecedented $100 million. Over three quarters of both candidate’s money is coming from outside of Kentucky, including a who’s who of big money special interests. When it costs that much to win an election, the candidates become dependent on their funders, not on the people they’re supposed to represent. As a result, the issues that matter to the people go unsolved.
In order to raise awareness about the electoral corruption that affects Americans of all political affiliations, Gil will be inserting himself in the Kentucky race by renting billboards and TV ads and crashing campaign events in his tour bus. Unfortunately, he won’t actually appear on the ballot.
Learn more about the Fulbright campaign here.