FEC unanimously dismiss 19 KY GOP’s complaint against Matt Jones, its publisher, radio station


The FEC unanimously dismissed a 2019 complaint from the President of the Kentucky GOP citing “illegal campaign contributions” against Simon & Schuster and iHeart Radio over the book offer and the employment of the radio host Matt Jones.

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The report of Business Insider Journalist Bryan Metzger Kentucky GOP chairman J. McCauley Brown said that Simon & Schuster and iHeart radio were “paying for Jones’ statewide campaign tour that was linked to his reported candidacy against McConnell. Jones filed documents. FEC for an exploratory committee but ultimately decided not to run for the Senate.

A lawyer for Simon & Schuster said the complaint used “devious, baseless and repetitive rhetoric.”

Jones then completed the book contract for “Mitch, Please!” after a tour of the 120 counties of Kentucky.

The FEC concluded that Brown’s initial complaint had no merit, Metzger reports. They cited Jones’ intention to write the book “whether or not I run for the Senate.”

The publisher’s lawyers have proposed a long response to the complaint in a 56-page document this includes the entire Jones publishing contract and a scan of the check for $ 30,000 paid to the radio host. He said the Kentucky GOP was using “widespread distortion and disinformation.”

The Kentucky Republican Party did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.


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