Joe Craft

Kelly and Joe Craft give the max to Trump’s rivals in GOP field for president

BY: - October 25, 2023

FRANKFORT — Kelly Craft, who failed to secure Donald Trump’s endorsement in last May’s Republican primary for Kentucky governor, has donated to six Republican candidates for president in recent months. None of the six is Donald Trump. Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show that since June 26 Kelly Craft and her husband Joe […]

Hamming it up: Kentucky politicos gather for Kentucky Farm Bureau breakfast

BY: - August 24, 2023

LOUISVILLE — Per Kentucky State Fair tradition, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast brought political rivals under one roof as an 18-pound prize-winning country ham was auctioned off for a charitable donation.  Coal executive Joe Craft and his wife, former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft, joined Central Bank in making a record $10 million […]

Incentives for Bitcoin mining operation run by Kentucky’s largest coal producer gets regulator’s OK

BY: - August 9, 2023

Kentucky’s utility regulator has approved more than $4 million in electricity cost discounts over several years for a Bitcoin mining operation being run by Kentucky’s largest coal producer. The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) in its Monday order said the economic development incentives offered by Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities (LG&E and KU) […]

Fourth ‘higher-ground’ homesite for Eastern Kentucky flood victims will be in Knott County

BY: - July 28, 2023

Another residential community to house survivors of last summer’s Eastern Kentucky floods will be in Knott County, along Chestnut Ridge Drive, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday.  The news, along with the Thursday announcement of a Floyd County site, come on the heels of the one-year anniversary of devastating floods that killed 45 people. Flooding began […]

Would her family’s financial stake in the coal industry affect Craft’s actions as governor?

BY: - May 8, 2023

As the two have vied for the GOP nomination for Kentucky governor, Kelly Craft has frequently attacked Daniel Cameron because as attorney general he supported closing a coal-fired power plant in West Virginia to avoid burdening Kentucky ratepayers with the cost of required upgrades to the more than 50-year-old Mitchell plant. What Craft doesn’t say […]

Craft has loaned her campaign almost $9.3 million

BY: - May 4, 2023

Republican Kelly Craft has put almost $9.3 million into her quest to become Kentucky’s governor, according to her latest campaign finance disclosure. Craft, a former ambassador to the United Nations, loaned her campaign $2.25 million during the April 17-May 1 reporting period. That came on top of a $7 million loan from Craft to her […]

Kelly Craft holds up a copy of young adult memoir “All Boys Aren’t Blue" by George M. Johnson while speaking to reporters after the KSR debate. (Kentucky Lantern photo by McKenna Horsley)

No coordination, says Kelly Craft of $1.5 million gift from husband’s trust to PAC

BY: - April 19, 2023

LOUISVILLE — Republican candidate for governor Kelly Craft said the $7 million she has loaned her campaign shows she’s “all in” while saying there’s no coordination between her campaign and the super PAC promoting her election that received $1.5 million from her husband Joe Craft’s trust. Kentucky law prohibits coordination between a candidate’s campaign and […]

Kelly Craft, her coal exec spouse give maximum $10,000 each to Republican Party of Kentucky

BY: - March 21, 2023

FRANKFORT — Republican candidate for governor Kelly Craft and her husband Joe Craft each contributed $10,000 to the Republican Party of Kentucky last month. The two Crafts were among 12 donors who each gave $10,000 to the RPK in February, according to a report the party filed late last week with the Federal Election Commission. Five of […]