Alison Grimes on Principles & Values
Father indicted for illegal campaign contributions to Alison
Longtime Kentucky Democratic operative Jerry Lundergan was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly making illegal contributions to the 2014 U.S. Senate campaign of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and then conspiring to cover them up.
Lundergan was indicted on 10 counts after investigators found they "willingly and knowingly" made illegal corporate contributions to Grimes' campaign.
The indictment alleges that Lundergan told campaign consultants to bill
S.R. Holding Co. for work they did for his daughter's campaign. The company paid those bills and then allegedly did not seek reimbursement from Grimes' campaign. The payments referenced in the indictment totaled $194,270.39.
Lundergan's attorney denied the allegations against his client. "The coordinated campaign efforts raised more than $25 million. The campaign didn't need or seek any extra help from Jerry Lundergan or his family-run business."
Source: Lexington Herald-Leader on 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial race
, May 21, 2018
One of us represents Washington; one of us represents KY
Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes used her speech at Kentucky's Fancy Farm picnic Saturday to argue that "Mitch McConnell doesn't care." Her face reddened as she yelled into the microphone over boosters and booers, claiming at
various points that the Republican senator doesn't care about working people, seniors, women, students, unions and coal miners. "One of us represents the Washington establishment; one of us represents Kentucky,"
Grimes said. "One of us represents the past; one of us represents the future."
The minority leader used his speech to nationalize the race and paint Grimes as a tool of national Democrats. McConnell said, "There's only one way to change America in
2014. That's to change the Senate and make me the leader of a new majority--to take America in a different direction." McConnell repeatedly compared Grimes to President Obama.
Source: Politico.com weblog on 2014 Kentucky Senate race
, Aug 1, 2014
AdWatch: Grimes' opponent offered deal to drop out
The Senate campaign of Alison Lundergan Grimes denied allegations made by a former Democratic rival who said he was offered money by the Grimes campaign to drop out of the race. Ed Marksberry, a former Democratic Senate candidate, sent a 15-page letter
to the blog PageOneKentucky.com alleging that an unnamed representative from the Grimes campaign offered to pay off his campaign debt and hire his campaign manager if he would drop out of the race. "That did not happen," a Grimes spokeswoman said. "We
appreciate Ed's support and wish him the best."
In his letter, Marksberry said an unnamed person close to Jerry Lundergan, the candidate's father and a former Kentucky Democratic Party chairman, approached him about dropping out of the race. "They said
that Jerry really liked me, and that Jerry takes care of his friends," Marksberry wrote. "And if Alison wins, there could be a favor owed to me." Marksberry wrote of his desire to see Grimes beat Mitch McConnell, so he proposed a deal, which fell through
Source: Lexington Herald Leader AdWatch on 2014 Kentucky Senate race
, Jan 7, 2014
Fight "Senator Gridlock": Kentucky pays for GOP dysfunction
Alison Grimes' campaign has waged a news-release campaign against McConnell since the partial government shutdown began, accusing him daily of being responsible for the shutdown and labeling him "Senator Gridlock."
McConnell said that his high-profile
part in the deal that ended the shutdown and extended the debt ceiling had taken the air out of Grimes' message. "It steps on the whole narrative of her campaign," McConnell said.
The Grimes campaign fired back with a release that
McConnell was still "Senator Gridlock," noting a number of past remarks McConnell has made proudly proclaiming himself a "guardian of gridlock." A Grimes spokesperson said, "It is an embarrassment that McConnell waited until the 11th hour to
stop the manufactured crisis that he and members of Congress created. It is not heroic for McConnell to do his job and reopen the government. Kentuckians now have to pay for McConnell's Washington dysfunction."
Source: Lexington Herald Leader on 2014 Kentucky Senate debate
, Oct 17, 2013
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