On the Trail

Grimes brings in $2.7 million in first quarter of 2014, outraising McConnell

04/15/2014 03:53 PM

The campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes announced fundraising numbers Tuesday, showing Grimes outpaced Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell by $300,000 in the first three months of 2014. According to a press release from the campaign, Grimes had her best fundraising quarter yet as she brought in $2.7 million, bringing her total amount raised for the cycle to $7.3 million. The Grimes campaign touted the candidates quarter numbers, noting that the total surpassed the amount raised by McConnell .... Read more 

McConnell pulls in $2.4 million to add to warchest in first months of 2014

04/14/2014 06:38 PM

The campaign of Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell announced Monday that the five-term Senator had his best fundraising quarter yet, raising $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2014. In a statement, the McConnell campaign announced that the new fundraising quarter brings the total amount raised by Senator McConnell to $22.3 million for the cycle with $10.4 million remaining cash on hand. The full report will be posted on the Federal Election Commission site later this month. “Senator McConnell’s re-election campaign... Read more 

McConnell challenger Matt Bevin raises $1.12 million in first quarter of 2014

04/14/2014 11:24 AM

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin announced his largest fundraising quarter yet Monday, raising $1.12 million in the first quarter of 2014 as his race to challenge Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell enters the home stretch. The Bevin campaign announced Monday that the Republican candidate raised more than a million dollars with help from 33,000 different donors to date. He entered the race last July. In a press release about the numbers, Bevin says he is encouraged by the show of... Read more 

After 32 years, Walter Blevins looks to end one political career while starting another

04/11/2014 11:15 AM

Sen. Walter “Doc” Blevins isn’t retiring from the legislature … yet. But he’s running for another job — Rowan County judge-executive — in a six-candidate Democratic primary. And if he wins his party’s nomination and, later, the job in the November election, he would have to resign from the legislature two years before his term expires. It would be quite a change for Blevins and the General Assembly. Blevins, 64, has spent half his life in the legislature and the last... Read more 

AG candidate Beshear recruits prominent Democrats, including his dad's appointees, as fundraiser hosts

04/10/2014 03:16 PM

Of the $885,000 in donations 2015 attorney general candidate Andy Beshear collected in the last three months, more than half of it came from 42 fundraising events, most of which were held by prominent Democrats and allies of the Beshear family. And out of those 42 hosts who held events for Beshear, 15 of them were appointed by Beshear’s father, Gov. Steve Beshear, to cabinet positions or various boards and commissions, according to a review of Beshear’s finance reports. That... Read more 

Grimes says women in Arnold case told her Wednesday to keep $250 from disgraced former lawmaker

04/09/2014 07:18 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes announced that she spoke Wednesday with two of the state House Democratic staffers who raised the allegations of sexual harassment against former state Rep. John Arnold. According to the campaign, Grimes talked with Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper about issues affecting women in the workplace and asked them what to do with the $250 campaign contribution Arnold gave her campaign last year. And the campaign did confirm that Grimes will keep the contribution from... Read more 

Northern Kentucky state Senate candidates disagree over absentee ballot lawsuit

04/09/2014 06:55 PM

Deb Sheldon, a Republican candidate for Kentucky State Senate, is challenging the constitutionality of a new law that keeps secret the list of people who request absentee ballots, but her two GOP primary opponents say that’s a mistake. Wil Schroder and Brandon Voelker told Pure Politics they think the 2013 law is necessary to protect privacy of voters. The three are vying for the Republican nomination for the 24th state Senate seat currently held by Senate President Pro Tem... Read more 

Grimes says she's disappointed in ethics decision, stays mum on donations

04/09/2014 12:19 PM

While Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes expressed disappointment in the Legislative Ethics Commission for not pursuing charges against a disgraced former lawmaker, she remained silent Wednesday on whether she will return the donation from that legislator. Grimes, in a statement to Pure Politics, said she was “disappointed” that the Legislative Ethics Commission failed to get five votes necessary to find former Democratic Rep. John Arnold guilty of violating the ethics code. Three legislative staffers have accused Arnold of sexual... Read more 

With a focus on her law firm and 2014 candidates, Jennifer Moore puts off run of her own

04/09/2014 09:56 AM

Jennifer Moore, the Louisville attorney and former Kentucky Democratic Party chairman, won’t be running for attorney general or any other office in 2015 but don’t count her out for future elections. Moore told Pure Politics in an interview Tuesday that now isn’t the right time to run statewide with the recent expansion of her law practice and her focus on helping Alison Lundergan Grimes in the U.S. Senate race as well as other women she’s worked with through the Emerge... Read more 

Of $286K Heiner raised in a month, $200K came from Heiner, $20 from 'Aqua Budda'

04/08/2014 11:18 AM

Since announcing their slate on March 4, Louisville developer Hal Heiner and former Lexington councilwoman K.C. Crosbie raised $286,350 in campaign contributions with $200,000 of that coming directly from Heiner himself. The campaign finance report also showed a $20 donation from “Aqua Budda” (sic) — an apparent reference to Aqua Buddha, which became Kentucky political legend in the 2010 U.S. Senate race. In fact, the mysterious donor, who listed “mystic” as his job title, used Jack Conway’s Louisville address on... Read more 

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