August 19, 2014

Grimes May Have Taken Illegal Corporate Donation From Father’s Company

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Alison Lundergan Grimes’ father, Jerry Lundergan, is doing everything he can to help his daughter win the Kentucky Senate race this November—even if it means possibly breaking the law.

Politico reported last night that Lundergan is consistently charging Grimes’ campaign less than fair market value for a number of goods and services, including bus and venue rentals.
FEC reports show Grimes’ campaign paid her father $456 per day for bus rental, but four bus companies confirmed to Politico they typically charge between $1,500 and $2,000 per day for bus rentals.

Politico’s Manu Raju notes:

The difference between what the company is charging her campaign and the fair market value of the bus rental could be considered an illegal in-kind contribution, according to legal experts.

But as Politico reports, this isn’t Lundergan’s first violation of campaign law:

But Lundergan has liabilities, too. After becoming party chairman, he was convicted of a felony in 1989 for accepting a no-bid contract for catering an event in violation of a state law prohibiting such action by legislators, prompting him to resign his political positions.