KENTUCKY

Grimes Goes on Air With First Ad

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Andrea Drusch
May 8, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

Ken­tucky Sec­ret­ary of State Al­is­on Lun­der­gan Grimes (D) is up with her first TV ad, high­light­ing her work on the Mil­it­ary Her­oes Vot­ing Ini­ti­at­ive. The spot fea­tures the moth­er of a sol­dier thank­ing her for mak­ing sure her son’s vote would count. The ad puts a heavy em­phas­is on the le­gis­la­tion’s bi­par­tis­an sup­port, paint­ing Grimes as a com­prom­iser who can help cut through the grid­lock in Wash­ing­ton. It’s backed by a six-fig­ure statewide buy. (re­lease)

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The ad in­cludes clips from state gov­ern­ment of­fices and of mem­bers of the mil­it­ary, rais­ing po­ten­tial eth­ics ques­tions. (Page One Ken­tucky)

FRE­QUENT FLY­ER: Sen. Mitch Mc­Con­nell (R) has traveled to New York six times in 2014, hold­ing at least 8 fun­draisers. His cam­paign has hit Grimes re­peatedly for fun­drais­ing out of state, but FEC re­cords show that of the $20 mil­lion Mc­Con­nell has col­lec­ted this cycle, 80% is from out of state, and a hefty chunk is from New York. (New York Daily News)

SINGELED OUT: The Ken­tucky Coal As­so­ci­ation warned Grimes last week that any money she ac­cep­ted from en­vir­on­ment­al groups would count as a strike against her with the coal in­dustry. The same group is now brush­ing off news that Mc­Con­nell ac­cep­ted $2,000 from an anti-coal act­iv­ist in Texas. Its pres­id­ent said the donor’s act­iv­ism was not on par with Demo­crat­ic donor Tom Stey­er, who it spe­cific­ally called out in its mes­sage to Grimes. But Grimes has not ac­cep­ted money from Stey­er, and coal in­dustry’s the warn­ing now looks aw­fully one-sided. (Rich­mond Re­gister)

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