Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is facing an uphill battle for reelection in next year’s midterms. But luckily for McConnell, his powerful allies in the dirty energy industry have deep pockets and are willing to shower his campaign with cash to help increase his chances of victory.
Over the last year, McConnell has been described as “the most unpopular Senator,” and in the last few months his approval rating has fallen to the mid-30’s. He is currently trailing Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes by 2 percentage points in polls.
McConnell’s allies in the business community, specifically the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, released an ad earlier this week touting McConnell’s commitment to the coal industry, and attacking the so-called “war on coal” coming from the Obama Administration. Here is the ad:
According to 350.org, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is funded, at least in part, by a number of dirty energy companies. This helps explain their willingness to use the “war on coal” as a tool to aid in McConnell’s reelection.