KENTUCKY, July 23, 2014– Gil Fulbright may soon change America. Due to a viral campaign featuring his “honest political ads”, the entire country will soon know who Gil Fulbright is. “People of Kentucky, you deserve complete honesty, so here it is. I don’t care about you,” says Fulbright in an ad. Fulbright declares that unless you’re a lobbyists- don’t expect him to work for your best interest.
In only 10 short days, Gil Fulbright has raised almost $70k from more than a thousand donors to run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. In less than two weeks, Fulbright’s campaign ads have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube. However, Fulbright isn’t on the ballot. In fact, he’s not even real.
Fulbright is a satirical politician created by Represent.Us, an independent, not-for-profit organization. The organization’s advisory board consists of Tea Party leaders, Occupy Wall Street activists, Democratic and Republican strategists, former lobbyists, investment bankers, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer, a Harvard Law professor and more.
Their mission is simple. Run a pseudo candidate against Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Allison Grimes in the Kentucky 2014 U.S. Senate race to expose how crony corporatism has overthrown the American political system through the process of lobbying. Democrat, Republican— It doesn’t matter.
Represent.Us cites that about 87 percent of the donations funding McConnell come from out of state, and Grimes’ out of state supporters have contributed 75 percent of her funds.
Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race between Grimes and McConnell, the Senate’s minority leader, is expected to reach a $100 million price tag and become the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history.
Fulbright was kind enough to provide BenSwann.com an interview:
What are your thoughts on the Constitution?
Constitution… That sounds familiar. Whatever it is, it’s got some weak name recognition. They should invest in better lobbyists!
Grimes and McConnell both accept millions in special interest dollars. Do you find this unethical?
Heck no. Special interest dollars are the lifeblood of American politics. If selling your constituents up the river in order to stay in office and eventually retire to a lucrative lobbying career is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
What inspired you to run for office?
When I heard the Kentucky Senate race was on track to cost 100 million dollars — 100 million! — making it the most expensive race in US history, only one thought came to mind: “Old Gil needs to get a piece of that action.” Running for office means a chance to become even richer and more powerful. I’d like to be both of those things.
What do you plan to change if elected to the United States Senate?
Whatever my financial backers want! Need a tax loophole? Done. Competing business nipping at your heels? I’ll regulate them back to the stone age. Need to bump up your bottom line? I’ll send as many federal dollars as you want your way. If you’ve got money to give, I’ll return the favor.
My campaign advisors would like me to include a few more patriotic buzzwords in this interview. Jobs! Working class! Freedom! Eagles!
Yup, that should cover it.
Are you a Republican or Democrat?
Depends on who’s buying.
Mansur Gidfar, Represent.us Communications Director, answered the following questions concerning the campaign:
What’s your plan of attack?
Now that we’ve smashed our crowd-funding goal (we’re nearly 330% funded with 19 days left), we’ll definitely be sending Gil to Kentucky. He’ll be running ads, working the press, and making high-profile campaign stop appearances at major political events to make the unprecedented amount of money corrupting our political system a top story. The campaign is already a runaway success on that front — Gil has already generated more than 100 national and local news stories (highlights here
), and he hasn’t even been to Kentucky yet. His campaign will officially launch on August 2 at Fancy Farm, a major event in Kentucky politics.
Do you plan to continue the campaign after the November election?
Gil’s staying tight-lipped about his future for now. Who knows? If things go well in Kentucky, we might just have to run him for president.