Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has raised more than $1.2 million in the fundraising quarter that ended June 30.
The haul is in addition to the more than $97,000 Paul raised in the one-month period leading up to the May primary, giving the first-term Senator more than $2.2 million in cash available to spend from his campaign account.
Records show Paul’s Democratic challenger Jim Gray has just over $1 million in cash available to spend.
Rand Paul Victory Kentucky, a joint fundraising organization between Paul and the Republican Party of Kentucky, has just over $10,000 in cash available to spend.
Paul spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper said the campaign is “extremely pleased” with its fundraising efforts and confident Paul will have the resources necessary to spread his message to voters.
“Twitter users have been using the hashtag #askbevinaboutmyvag to direct gynaecological questions at the first-term politician.
The bill requires women to have a face-to-face consultation - either over live video chat or in person - at least 24 hours before receiving an abortion. Previously, women were required to only listen to a recorded message about the risks and benefits of undergoing the procedure. Bevin is also supporting a bill that has passed the Kentucky senate, requiring any woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound - if the bill becomes law, doctors who do not comply could face fines between $100,000 and $250,000.
Derek Selznick, director of the Kentucky ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, told the Lexington Herald-Leader: “This is not informed consent. This is about politicians trying to bully, shame and humiliate women who have already made the personal, informed and heart-wrenching decision to terminate a pregnancy.”
In response to Bevin’s anti-abortion stances, Twitter user Molly Shah, said “Since@MattBevin has so many opinions on my uterus, I have some Obgyn questions to ask him”, starting off the new hashtag.”
Read the full piece and see more #AskBevinAboutMyVag tweets here
It hasn’t passed yet, but considering the Senate and the House are controlled by Republicans, and Tea Party nitwit Matt Bevin is the Governor, it’s only a matter of time before this bill becomes law and drags Kentucky back to the 1950s.