Billboard Campaign: It’s Time To #DitchMitch2020

After repeatedly attempting to engage Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to no avail, Indivisible Kentucky is taking steps this week to get his attention: we’ve put up billboards & ask you to join us in the effort to #DitchMitch2020.

If you see our billboards in your travels (they’re located on I-65 Northbound between the Watterson and Muhammed Ali), take a picture and post it to social media and be sure to tag us (@Indivisible_KY3) and Senator McConnell (@SenateMajLdr). And include the hashtag #DitchMitch2020!

Also, if you’re able, could you donate $5 or more to Indivisible Kentucky to help with our advertising campaign? Indivisible Kentucky has set a goal of raising $20,000 for a media purchasing blitz, starting with the billboard advertising campaign.

Kentuckians deserve access to the same fundamental rights as even the wealthiest Americans: the right to affordable, quality healthcare, a good education, clean water, and freedom from discrimination based on our gender, race or sexual orientation. We’ve had enough of Mitch McConnell siding with those in power rather than his constituents.

Throughout his lengthy congressional tenure, McConnell has ignored the Constitution for partisan gain. He’s spent decades putting politics and power over policy and people. Not long ago McConnell campaigned on the very issue – health care access – he’s now attempting to take away from millions of people.

His current actions – particularly the Senate health care bill aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) – would critically harm hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians on both sides of the aisle.

The lives of everyday Kentucky families mean less to McConnell than the money he receives from corporate interests and his support for the Trump administration.

For example, of all the members of Congress, McConnell has been by far the largest recipient of coal industry contributions. He’s received $748,899 (compared to $640,825 for his nearest competitor, former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner from Ohio).

Taking money from the coal industry has done little to help coal miners. For instance:

Coal miners aren’t the only Kentuckians negatively affected by Mitch McConnell; working families continue to suffer thanks to his positions and legislation. Some examples include:

  • He voted against laws that would help stop outsourcing and has even voted for tax breaks that reward corporations for exporting America’s jobs overseas
  • He said that the government should cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid—programs the working class depend on
  • He’s worth more than $27 million but blocked and voted against legislation to raise the minimum wage
  • He sponsored legislation to permanently reduce the estate tax for the wealthy and extend the Bush‐era tax breaks for the richest Americans
  • Instead of helping jobless workers get back on their feet, McConnell blocked legislation extending unemployment insurance benefits
  • McConnell has consistently voted against laws that would make it easier for Kentucky workers to get good pay, decent benefits and real job security

When not targeting working families, McConnell also targets minority populations and immigrants. For example:

  • He voted NO, twice, on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act 
  • He voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border
  • He voted NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship
  • He voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage
  • He voted NO on adding sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes
  • He voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation
  • He blocked and voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, a Democratic bill aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women.
  • He voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business

Senator McConnell also set out to harm education in Kentucky. He not only opposed legislation that would give aid to states facing financial trouble to keep teachers in the classroom, but also blocked the “Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act” that would have enabled millions of Americans with expensive student loans to refinance into more manageable payments. This action didn’t happen in a vacuum; rather, he took these actions as over 40 million Americans are struggling with crushing student loan debt.

Perhaps one of his most odious ‘accomplishments,’ McConnell has worked diligently over the years to thwart civil rights advances. He’s gone so far as to call himself a “Proud Guardian of Gridlock.” Some examples of his attempts to curb rights include:

  • Speaking out against net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle that individuals should be free to access all content and applications equally, regardless of the source, without Internet Service Providers discriminating against specific online services or websites. In other words, it is the principle that the company that connects you to the internet does not get to control what you do on the internet. McConnell is against net neutrality regulations.

  • Silencing MLK’s Wife. McConnell used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to silence the recollection of Coretta Scott King’s warning that entrusting Jeff Sessions to uphold the rule of law would have “a devastating effect…on the progress we have made toward fulfilling my husband’s dream.”

  • Gridlock of Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The day that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, McConnell declared that the Senate should not confirm a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia until after the 2016 election, even though President Obama still had nearly a year left in his term.

  • McConnell invoked the “nuclear option” to get Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. After Democrats held together and filibustered President Trump’s nominee, Republicans , led by McConnell, voted to lower the threshold for advancing Supreme Court nominations from 60 votes to a simple majority.

It’s time to send a message to Senator Mitch McConnell he won’t be able to ignore. Join us in spreading the #DitchMitch2020 campaign across social media!