Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' father indicted on 10 charges

08/31/2018 03:39 PM

FRANKFORT, KY (SPECTRUM NEWS) — A Federal Grand Jury has indicted Jerry Lundergan, the father of Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes on 10 charges.
The charges stem from when Jerry Lundergan was a campaign operative for his daughter’s 2014 Senate Campaign.
Along with Lundergan, Democratic campaign strategist Dale Emmons was indicted on 6 different charges.
Lundergan’s charges include conspiracy to defund the United States, unlawful campaign contributions, 4 counts of false statements and 4 counts of falsification of records or documents.
Emmons’ six charges are similar. He was indicted on conspiracy to defraud the United States, unlawful campaign contributions, 2 counts of making false statements and 2 counts of falsification of records or documents.
Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes issued a statement supporting her father.

“Today, the Department of Justice announced charges against my father stemming from my 2014 campaign for the United States Senate.
These allegations started as a result of a politically motivated complaint filed against my campaign nearly five years ago. That complaint was already investigated and completely dismissed by the bipartisan Federal Election Commission.
I love my father, and I have faith in the judgment and fairness of the people of Kentucky, and believe when all of the facts are in, my father will be vindicated.
Because this matter is in the courtroom and not the world of politics, I have no further comment.”

Tres Watson, from the Republican Party of Kentucky, also issued a statement.

“At the same time that she was serving as Kentucky’s Secretary of State and chief elections officer, Alison Lundergan Grimes’ ran a US Senate campaign that now stands accused of the most egregious campaign finance crime in the history of the Commonwealth. Between this week’s revelations at the State Board of Elections and today’s indictment, it is clear Secretary Grimes has absolutely no regard for the laws governing our elections that she was elected to uphold. That is why we are asking Secretary Grimes to recuse herself and her office from any and all election related activities this election cycle and cede control of this fall’s elections to the other 6 members of the State Board of Elections.”

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