July 18, 2013

Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Campaign Sent Fundraising E-mails To KY County Clerks

The Courier-Journal reported today that Alison Lundergan Grimes’ (D-KY) Senate campaign sent fundraising e-mails to Republican county clerks’ government e-mail addresses.

Republican county clerks in Kentucky are crying foul after receiving fundraising requests for Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Senate campaign in their government email accounts.

Julie Barr, the Oldham County Clerk and president of the Kentucky County Clerks Association, said she and other county clerks across the state received the email blast and believe that it is an inappropriate use of government resources. “I’m not suggesting anything illegal,” said Barr, a Republican. “But I’m not certain it is proper to send email like that to government email addresses.”

While denying targeting the county clerks, Grimes’ campaign said the fundraising e-mails were only sent out to her supporters and that they took “additional steps” to ensure the e-mails weren’t sent to addresses that end with “ky.gov.”

Grimes spokesman Jonathan Hurst said the email blast went out to people on a database for supporting Grimes in the past or to people who signed up to receive email updates on her campaign website. He denied the campaign had targeted clerks and said the campaign is taking additional steps to ensure that emails don’t go out to people with addresses that end with “ky.gov,” as the clerks’ do.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” Hurst said. “Why would we send that to a bunch of Republican clerks?”