Criticism over fundraising now going both ways in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race

10/28/2013 05:05 PM

For weeks, Kentucky Republicans have slammed Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes for her frequent out-of-state fundraising. Now the man she’s trying to unseat — Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell — is coming under scrutiny for the timing of his fundraiser in Connecticut.

McConnell appeared at a fundraiser Sunday at Belle Haven Beach Club in Connecticut, which faces Greenwich’s Harbor, according to a New York newspaper.

The New York Daily News points out the event was the eve of the one-year-anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. The newspaper noted that he is raising cash in a spot that flooded during Hurricane Sandy, while McConnell later voted against a bill to provide emergency relief funds for the area.

Over the weekend, McConnell also tried to reassure several hundred wealthy lobbyists and major GOP donors in Georgia that Republicans will not force another shutdown over upcoming negotiations on the nations debt limit when the deadline comes up next year.

The five-term incumbent made the remarks at a National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser Sunday alongside a dozen other Republicans in the exclusive and privately owned Sea Island, Georgia, according to Politico. In 2011 Frommer’s described the island’s 20,000 acres as a “playground for the rich and/or famous.”

Politico reported that McConnell said “everything that need to be said” to re-assure the donors over the split amongst Republicans in Congress.

McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore had no immediate response on Monday.

Nick Storm

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