Grimes campaign holding contest for supporters to attend brunch fundraiser with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren

06/23/2014 11:48 AM

UPDATED: The campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is holding a contest for supporters to win an invitation to a fundraiser the candidate is having with Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren in Louisville.

In an email to supporters, the Grimes campaign told recipients that by contributing to the campaign they are automatically entered into the running to get an invite for that person and a guest to attend a brunch fundraiser with Grimes and Warren in Louisville on Sunday, June 29.

The Grimes campaign had previously announced that Warren would be making campaign stops with the candidate during the month of June but had not released any details about events. The Louisville brunch is the first to be released.

Since the event is a fundraiser, the winner of the contest will not be dining with Grimes and Warren alone but the emailed announcement boasts that the supporter and their guest will get to meet the guests of honor.

“In addition to hearing from Alison and Senator Warren, you and a guest will be treated to a fantastic meal. Here’s the cool part: If you win, you’ll even get a chance to meet Alison and Senator Warren while you’re getting your picture taken together,” the Grimes campaign says in the email. “Won’t that look great on your Facebook page!”

According to the contribution page linked to in the email, the contest does not actually require a donation to the campaign. A web address to enter without contributing is available on the page.

The page states that the winner must be a U.S. citizen and reside in Kentucky or live within 150 miles of Louisville. The supporter chosen to attend the event will receive “ground transportation costs, hotel accommodations, two tickets to Sponsor’s event with Senator Warren, and a photo with Senator Warren.”

In a statement about the Warren event, the campaign of Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said Grimes is not fooling anyone with her campaigning style.

“Alison Lundgeran Grimes isn’t even trying to hide her far-left Obama allegiances anymore. Apparently she thinks that she can fool Kentuckians with a bunch of talk about independence while she marches a parade of the most anti-Kentucky Obama liberals in the back door to bankroll her campaign,” McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement to Pure Politics.

Grimes is also spending Monday night with other big Democratic fundraisers, according to the Washington Post which reports that Grimes will be in Manhattan to attend a fundraiser hosted by Hollywood film giants Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

From the Washington Post story:

Grimes will rub elbows with Manhattan elites at the Waverly Inn, a see-and-be-seen restaurant in the West Village. The cocktail party in her honor will be hosted by a Hollywood mega-bundler duo, producer Harvey Weinstein and Dreamworks chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Both Weinstein and Katzenberg have donated heavily to PACs working to unseat McConnell, and have given the max contributions to Grimes. Katzenberg co-hosted another event for her in January in Beverly Hills.

In a statement about the event, the Republican Party of Kentucky called Grimes’ campaign “two-faced”, pointing to a ranking of lawmakers and candidates who have received from the music, movie and television industry which Grimes is the top recipient . Senator McConnell also makes the list, falling one spot below the top ten recipients.

“Unsurprisingly, Alison Lundergan Grimes is continuing her two-faced campaign for Senate by telling Kentuckians she’d fight for their values, while simultaneously rubbing elbows and raising money with Hollywood’s liberal, anti-gun elite,” RPK Spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper said in a statement.

But the Grimes campaign said she has support from not only Democrats but also Republicans and Independents in the state because Kentuckians know McConnell is the one who is out of touch.

“Our 45,000 grassroots supporters are tired of Mitch McConnell’s 30-years of stale excuses and failed leadership, and ready for an independent, commonsense problem solver in the U.S. Senate who puts people above partisanship. And despite the fact that McConnell and his Washington special interest allies have spent nearly $20 million in this race – including millions on false attack ads – McConnell remains stuck in reverse with Kentucky voters,” Grimes deputy press secretary Preston Maddock said in a statement to Pure Politics.


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