Web site aims to give Rand Paul's U.S. Senate campaign a boost

FRANKFORT — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul and a mysterious supporter are attempting to paint GOP front-runner Trey Grayson as a Washington, D.C., insider.

Supporter Josh Manuel, whom Paul Campaign Manager David Adams said he doesn't know, has launched a Web site promoting a "Kentucky Fight" between Paul and Grayson on Sept. 23.

The site, titled "Rand 'We the People' vs. Trey 'The DC Insiders,'" notes that 23 Republican U.S. senators, including Kentucky's Mitch McConnell, are to hold a $500-per-plate fund-raiser for Grayson's 2010 U.S. Senate campaign in Washington on Sept. 23.

"This deck stacking favoritism in a highly contested GOP primary is unacceptable," said the site, It encourages donors to pledge $100 to Paul's campaign in response.

"Our goal is to bring together 5,000 common people to donate $100 each, creating a one-day donation total of $500,000."

As of 2 p.m. Monday, a message on the site said 278 people had pledged to donate $100 each. It said the site is conducting "a grass roots effort and is not associated with the Official Rand Paul campaign."

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