Chatter: Hollywood celebs donating to Grimes; Pipeline company already purchasing easements

10/23/2013 01:01 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes third-quarter fundraising report includes some major Hollywood celebrities.

In her first fundraising report Grimes collected $2.5 million, slightly outpacing Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnnell, who brought in $2.3 million for the last three months.

While Grimes has a long way to go to catch up with McConnell, who has nearly $10 million cash-on-hand, she is receiving donations from Hollywood celebrities with deep pockets.

Business news site Bloomberg ticked off the celebritiy names donating to Grimes which reads like a red carpet gala:

Grimes raised $2.5 million in the third quarter from donors including entertainment industry figures like Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Bryan Cranston, Jerry Seinfeld, Leonardo DiCaprio, Barbra Streisand, Chris Rock, Jon Hamm, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Ron Howard, Cameron Diaz, James Cameron, Aaron Sorkin, Ben Stiller, Leonard Nimoy, Rob Reiner, Kirk Douglas, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Nicolas Cage.

Grimes also received campaign cash from high ranking Democratic lawmakers both in and out of Kentucky.

McConnell’s campaign spokesperson fired back at the list of Hollywood celebrities she said were “hostile” to Kentucky values.

“You couldn’t find a collection of people anywhere in America who are more hostile to Kentucky values and conservative principles than the ones on Alison Lundergan Grimes’s major donor list,” McConnell Campaign Spokeswoman Allison Moore said. “It sure is curious that she spends all her time chatting with professed enemies of coal, Obama enthusiasts, and noted Hollywood liberals but can’t say a word about what she believes back in Kentucky.”

McConnell isn’t without his own celebrity fundraising help — actor Clint Eastwood is a donor, as well as former NASCAR driver Darell Waltrip according to the Courier Journal . Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura have also contributed to McConnell’s campaign.

Bluegrass Pipeline company is already buying up miles of easements

The Lexington Herald-Leader is reporting that the company behind a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline is already buying up miles of easements for the pipeline across the state.

The first 22-miles of easements are reported as being in Scott County. The company told a group that they plan on securing 182 miles of 50-foot easements.

A representative for the pipeline, which has received stiff opposition in parts of Kentucky, told a group of concerned citizens that the company doesn’t plan on taking land under eminent domain law, but again was unwilling to fully commit to not resorting to the law.

Attorney General Jack Conway has voiced his concerns with the company invoking eminent domain. As of yet the Attorney General’s Office tells Pure Politics that they have not received a request for an official advisory opinion.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is 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 his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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