Atsinger's support for McConnell is notable because one of Salem's properties, RedState.com, is home to some of the minority leader's most ardent critics. RedState.com's editor in chief, Erick Erickson, is backing businessman Matt Bevin over McConnell in Kentucky's May 20 GOP primary. However, two conservative talk radio hosts who are nationally syndicated by Salem, Dennis Prager and Hugh Hewitt, are headlining the March 19 luncheon event in Camarillo, Calif.
An invitation to the fundraiser was obtained by the Washington Examiner. Salem Communications is based in Camarillo, a community in Ventura County 50 miles north of Los Angeles.
The event is officially being held for “McConnell Victory Kentucky,” a joint fundraising committee of the McConnell campaign and the Kentucky GOP. Donors are invited to contribute as much as $30,400 per couple or $15,200 per individual. The fundraiser is collecting money for McConnell’s primary and general election campaigns.
McConnell is set to face Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, in the November general election. This week, former President Bill Clinton is in Kentucky to raise money for Grimes.