Despite Telling GOP Otherwise, Paul Hasn't Transferred Money for Proposed Caucus

Aug 19, 2015

Although U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wrote in a letter last week to nearly 350 members of the Republican Party of Kentucky's central committee that he had transferred $250,000 to a state GOP account to cover the initial costs of holding a presidential caucus next year, Paul hasn't provided a dime, committee members told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday.

In his letter, which was mailed about a week before the committee is to vote on whether to move forward with the caucus that Paul has requested, Paul wrote that he already had "transferred $250,000 in an RPK account to begin the funding."

But that's not what happened.

Scott Lasley, who is chairman of the Warren County Republican Party and in charge of a special committee to develop rules for the caucus, said Paul's letter "seems to be creating some confusion" among committee members.

"The letter states that the money has been transferred but was postmarked on the 13th," Lasley said. "As of last Friday, it was my understanding that the money had not yet been transferred."

The money had not been transferred as of Tuesday, and aides to Paul said it wouldn't be until the committee approves the caucus proposal, assuming it does, when it meets Saturday in Frankfort.

Paul's team declined to explain why the senator claimed the money had been transferred, but they insisted there was $250,000 in a dedicated account that the state party will have access to after the caucus proposal is approved.