Kentucky GOP files FEC complaint against Grimes campaign; Ky. Dems call for ethics investigation into McConnell

08/22/2014 02:05 PM

Kentucky’s Democratic and Republican parties entered an allegation fray on Friday calling for investigations into the U.S. Senate candidates.

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.

From the Republican Party’s FEC complaint:

“Even if Signature Special Events were to provide any transportation services to others who are not Alison Lundergan Grimes, it is exceedingly unlikely that SSES would provide transportation services to the extent that they provide those services to the Grimes Campaign and certainly not at the same rate. The Grimes Campaign has made the luxury motor coach a central feature and asset of their campaign. Without constant access to this luxury touring motor coach, Alison Lundergan Grimes and her campaign would have to pay for the cost of other transportation and accommodations just as any other person would.”

Click the link to download the full letter sent to the FEC: FEC-Complaint-8.22.pdf

The Grimes campaign maintains the claims are baseless saying they have done their “due diligence” in determining a rental rate for the bus.

“This is yet another political stunt from the McConnell campaign and his allies to distract Kentuckians away from Mitch McConnell skipping work, selling access to the Senate Dining Room and profiting off of coal miners losing their jobs,“Grimes campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton said.

The Grimes campaign has been hounded by conflicting reports on the bus rental rates and inclusions of fuel and drivers as reported by the Herald-Leader .

Minutes before the complaint was released to the media by the Republican Party, the Kentucky Democratic Party launched their own attack against McConnell.

Democratic Party Chair Dan Logsdon said the party will soon file a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to investigate whether McConnell violated federal ethics laws after receiving large donations to his PAC after a breakfast with Delta Airlines CEO Rick Anderson, in the exclusive Senate dining room.

“It’s not a coincidence that just days after treating a corporate bigwig to a meal in the U.S. Senate dining room, Mitch McConnell was repaid with $10,000 to fund his rusted Washington campaign,” Logsdon said in a statement. “These reports are serious, erode the public trust, and if true, his actions could be illegal. Without a full ethics investigation into this matter, the Senator’s constituents are right to remain skeptical.”

McConnell responded to the allegations on Thursday telling reporters at the Ham Breakfast that Anderson is a close personal friend and long time contributor to his campaign.

On Friday, McConnell’s spokeswoman Allison Moore called the Kentucky Democratic Party’s allegations against McConnell “insulting.”

“It’s beyond insulting to Kentuckians for the Grimes camp to try to divert attention away from an extremely serious campaign finance violation with a frivolous complaint‎. Whether it’s her allegiance to Barack Obama or using corporate family assets to aid her campaign, Alison Grimes spends all of her time attempting to hide the truth from Kentuckians,” Moore said.

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



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