The new executive director of a conservative PAC supporting Martha McSally and Rick Scott has a long record of tweets degrading women.

Kenny Cunningham was recently appointed executive director of Maverick PAC (MavPAC), a “conservative young donor network” that has pledged $100,000 to boost McSally and Rick Scott in their Senate races in Arizona and Florida, respectively.

Cunningham announced in a press release at the beginning of the month that the PAC would contribute the maximum $5,000 to McSally, Scott and Reps. Andy Barr, R-Ky., Scott Taylor, R-Va., and Michael Waltz, R-Fla.

An American Ledger review of Cunningham’s tweet revealed a pattern of tweets degrading and objectifying women, including statements that question “women’s humor” and appear to dismiss sexual harassment.

In a March 2011 tweet, for example, Cunningham wrote, “Attention Whore (n) – A women who surrounds herself with less attractive women to look more appealing to men who would otherwise ignore her.” In an October 2012 tweet, he wrote, “For all the women that brag about how many men want them just remember, the cheapest prices attract the most customers. #StayClassy.”

Cunningham was recently a senior associate at Prism Group, a Washington-based public affairs firm. His biography on the firm’s website notes he served as communications director for GOPAC, the “premier organization for educating and electing the next generation of Republican leaders.”

According to his LinkedIn profile, he was a legislative intern for Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, from 2011 to 2012, the period in which most of the relevant tweets were posted.

The Ledger left messages with the McSally, Barr, Taylor and Scott campaigns about the tweets, but none responded.

Prior to our requests, both Taylor and Scott expressed gratitude for MavPAC’s support.

On Sept. 5, Scott tweeted, “I’m proud to have the support of @MavPAC, a grassroots group whose members are shaping the future of our country.”

So far, according to Federal Election Commission data, the PAC has contributed nearly $70,000 to Republicans around the country, including $5,000 to Greg Pence, Vice President Mike Pence’s brother who is running for Congress in Indiana; $1,500 to Taylor; $1,000 to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas; $1,000 to Rep. Brian Mast of Florida; and $3,500 for Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia.


Contact Mike Stark at mstark@american-ledger.com