Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign documents subpoenaed by grand jury

02/02/2016 10:56 AM

Campaign finance documents from Alison Lundergan Grimes’ U.S. Senate race and run for Secretary of State have come under subpoena from a federal grand jury.

According to a press release from Grimes’ attorney the U.S. Attorney’s Office asked Kentucky’s Secretary of State to provide “certain documents from her Senate and Secretary of State campaigns.”

The news was first reported by the Courier Journal.

David Guarnieri, one of two attorney’s representing Grimes, said she will cooperate with the request for documents.

“While it is not appropriate to comment on the nature or the scope of the request at this time, Secretary Grimes is proud of the races she has run, she is grateful to those who contributed time and money to her campaigns, and she has great confidence in the integrity and the skill of the members of her campaigns who worked tirelessly to ensure compliance with all campaign rules and regulations,” Guarnieri and Jaron Blandford of McBrayer Law Firm said in a press release.

The lawyers for Secretary Grimes go on to say that she “is not the target of any inquiry and this information is being requested of her because she was the candidate in those campaigns.”

Grimes’ father, Jerry Lundergan also received subpoenas for documents relating to Grimes’ campaigns, and his businesses which provided services to her 2014 U.S. Senate campaign.

Lundergan’s lawyer, J. Guthrie True confirmed to Pure Politics that subpoenas were served on Lundergan and two of his businesses.

“These subpoenas request the production of records and information,” True said in a press release. “The subpoenas do not request Mr. Lundergan’s appearance before the grand jury.”

True said that the subpoenas indicate that the inquiries do relate to the campaigns of his daughter, Alison Lundergan Grimes. “There is no indication that Mr. Lundergan is the subject of any inquiry,” True said.

“Mr. Lundergan and his businesses made every effort to properly account for any contributions or services provided to Alison’s campaigns,” True continued. “We are confident that any investigation would confirm as much.”

During the 2014 race the Republican Party of Kentucky filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging Grimes violated campaign finance laws by accepting a 45-foot bus from Signature Special Event Services, Grimes’ father’s company, below fair market rates.

At the time Grimes’ campaign called the filing a political stunt orchestrated by the campaign of her Republican challenger U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Grimes’ campaign said they had done their due diligence in determining a fair price for the bus.

Grimes was defeated in the 2014 Senate race by 15-point margin.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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