Matt Bevin

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Matt Bevin
Matt Bevin.jpg
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Kentucky
PartyRepublican
Education
Bachelor'sWashington and Lee University (1989)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1989-1993
CitationsCaptain
Websites
Campaign website
Matt Bevin campaign logo
Matt Bevin is a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in the 2014 elections in Kentucky.[1]

Bevin officially announced his candidacy on July 24, 2013, at the state capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky. From there, he began a three day tour with eight campaign stops scheduled.[1] Bevin is a political newcomer, but is thought to have significant wealth to use against incumbent McConnell in the primary.[1]

Biography

Bevin grew up in Shelburne, New Hampshire.[2]

After high school, he attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia with a four-year ROTC scholarship.[2] After graduating in 1989, Bevin was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army, and rose to the rank of Captain. He spent four years on active duty with primary responsibilities as the 5th Mechanized Infantry Division Artillery’s counterfire officer.[2]

Career

After his military service, Bevin worked in the financial industry. He founded several local firms and invested in a number of other companies in Kentucky, and around the United States, ranging from manufacturing to software.[2]

Issues

TARP funding

In February 2014, Bevin called the 2008 federal bailout of banks and Wall Street giants “irresponsible” and says he would have opposed it.[3] The comments came after prior backing by Bevin in 2008 when he supported the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the Federal Reserve’s decision to begin buying commercial paper issued by banks.[3]

Bevin campaign spokeswoman Rachel Semmel said in a statement, “Matt has always opposed the TARP bailout and similar misuses of taxpayer dollars."[3]

Involvement in Syria

According to a report by The Hill in September 2013, Bevin was among four Republican senate candidates who had come out against intervening in Syria while the incumbent challenger, in this case Mitch McConnell, remained undecided.[4]

GOP win

At an event sponsored by the FreedomWorks PAC on February 10, 2014, Bevin asserted that McConnell could not win a general election.[5] At the event, Bevin claimed that he would be only Republican who could beat Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

“We run a tremendous risk of losing this seat in Kentucky to someone who does not represent Kentucky values. We run the risk of losing this seat because of a sense of apathy and a sense of fatigue for the career politician that is my opponent in this primary, Mitch McConnell,” Bevin said.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Kentucky, 2014

Bevin is running as a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in the 2014 elections in Kentucky. He will face incumbent Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary on May 20, 2013. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.[1]

Media

Bevin's announcement

The same day that McConnell's primary challenger Matt Bevin was set to officially announce his candidacy, McConnell’s campaign announced a new ad buy labeling his primary opponent “Bailout Bevin” and noting that Bevin's business, which is based in Connecticut, accepted $200,000 in bailout funds.[6]


McConnell's July 24, 2013, ad, "Bailout Bevin"

Matt Bevin's first ad, released July 24, 2013, "Meet Matt Bevin"

In response to McConnell’s ad, the Senate Conservatives Fund, which has not backed Bevin but has suggested McConnell should step aside in favor of a more electable candidate, went after McConnell saying, “It’s the height of hypocrisy for Mitch McConnell to attack anyone on bailouts when he was the one who voted with Barack Obama to bail out the Wall Street banks.”[6]

Bevin released his own ad on the day he announced his official candidacy. The ad, "Meet Matt Bevin," began by Bevin saying, “Mitch McConnell has had a long career in politics. But after 30 years in politics, is his leadership really the best that we can do? America deserves more than failed leadership. We can do better.”[7]

A narrator chimes in, saying that “McConnell has voted for higher taxes, bailouts, debt ceiling increases, congressional pay raises, and liberal judges.” Bevin, on the other hand, is described as a “successful businessman, father of nine, veteran, conservative, Republican.”[7]

Polls
Republican primary
Poll Mitch McConnell Matt BevinBrad CopasChris PayneShawna SterlingUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
May 14-16, 2014
55%35%1%1%3%5%+/-4.0605
Gravis/Human Events
May 12, 2014
48%34%0%0%0%18%+/-4.0629
NBC News/Marist
April 30 - May 6, 2014
57%25%0%0%0%13%+/-4.9408
Gravis Marketing/Human Events
April 15-17, 2014
51%34%0%0%0%15%+/-3.01,359
Public Opinion Strategies
February 24-26, 2014
61%23%0%0%0%16%+/-4.9400
Wenzel Strategies
February 8-11, 2014
59%17%0%0%0%24%+/-3.061,002
Survey USA
January 30-February 4, 2014
55%29%0%0%0%15%+/-4.91,082
Gravis Marketing/Human Events
January 2, 2014
53%31%0%0%0%16%+/-4.0683
Public Policy Polling
December 12-15, 2013
53%26%0%0%0%21%+/-4.21,509
Lake Research
Ocotber 24-29, 2013
50%17%0%0%0%33%+/-4.0603
Voter/Consumer Research
August 18-20, 2013
68%21%0%0%0%8%+/-4.0600
Wenzel Strategies
July 23-24, 2013
59%20%0%0%0%21%+/-3.9624
AVERAGES 55.75% 26% 0.08% 0.08% 0.25% 17.08% +/-4.07 792
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bevin's reports.[8]

Matt Bevin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[9]October 15, 2013$0.00$822,020.60$(657,480.98)$164,539.62
Running totals
$822,020.6$(657,480.98)

Personal wealth

Bevin filed his personal financial wealth report in November 2013.[10] The reported showed millions in cash and assets that were ready to be loaned or contributed to his campaign, and included $1 million to $5 million in a Bank of America checking account and $500,0001 to $1 million in a Commonwealth Bank & Trust money market account.[10] In total, the report found that Bevin had between roughly $10 million and $50 million.[10]

See also

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