The Chatter: Grimes to fundraise with Hollywood donors, group launches ad campaign against McConnell

09/08/2014 02:18 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is headed back to Hollywood to raise campaign cash in the final months before the November election.

According to The Hollywood Reporter , Grimes will attend a fundraiser in Los Angeles being held for her on September 18 by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffery Katzenburg.

The fundraiser is part of a push by national Democrats to get more funds for Democratic Senate candidates like Grimes before the elections as an email about the events asked Democrats to “open their wallets because there is so much at stake”, according to the Hollywood Reporter article.

The upcoming fundraiser is not the first being held for Grimes by the movie mogul , as he has been assisting in her fundraising efforts over the campaign cycle.

From the Hollywood Reporter story:

Among those kicking in kicking in $10,000 per couple in the final effort to push Grimes across the line are DC Entertainment president and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment chief Diane Nelson and screenwriter husband Peter Nelson; CAA managing partner Stephen Lafferty and wife Nikki Lafferty, an animal rights activist; Veronica Mars director Nick Marck and wife Linda Lichter, an entertainment lawyer. A&M Records co-founder Jerry Moss and wife Ann Moss. (They’re also horse breeders, with their stallion Giacomo winning the Kentucky Derby in 2005); American Pie producerChris Weitz; Gary Tobey, CEO of Target’s media buying firm Haworth, and wife Suzanne Tobey. (Tobey was a chief mover behind Target’s groundbreaking collaboration with Justin Timberlake);Golden Girls producers Susan Harris and Paul Witt.

Group launches ad campaign against McConnell
The Washington based Every Voice Action group announced Monday they would launch a new seven figure ad campaign against Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell focused on campaign finance reform.

The campaign, called Big Money Mitch , will contain a series of online ads featuring McConnell’s face and text on a range of topics from student loans, minimum wage and unemployment benefits which McConnell has opposed measures on.

Beginning with $40,000 in online outreach through full page takeover ads on sites like the Louisville Courier-Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader and the Washington Post, the group hopes to reach a large amount of Kentuckians. Clicking on the ad redirects users to the campaign’s website where the group posts a timeline of McConnell’s stance on campaign contributions as well as ads hitting the senator.

One of the ads on the group’s site centers around the recording of McConnell at a conservative summit organized by the Koch brothers where McConnell discusses campaign contribution limits. You can view the online video below:

The group says their effort, which will also include direct mail, door-to-door canvassing and more online ad buys in the state, will focus on educating Kentuckians on the problem with McConnell’s views on campaign cash.

“Sen. McConnell may wrap his opposition to sensible money-in-politics reforms in the Constitution, but everyone knows what it’s really about: his ability to raise and spend as much money from wealthy donors as possible, selling out Kentucky in the process. And we’re going to let Kentuckians know Mitch McConnell should be held responsible for the problem of money-in-politics in America,” David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice Action, said in a statement about the campaign.


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