Kentucky: Amateur Grimes Campaign Hit for Fundraising E-Mails


Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s liberal Secretary of State and longshot opponent of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has an amateur campaign. Not only has she not had a public event since announcing she would challenge McConnell, but now she’s being accused of targeting government officials for fundraising; officials she oversees:

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

But Grimes campaign officials said they don’t know why the clerks received the emails and suggest it may be a political trick.

Grimes — who oversees some of the clerks’ operations as secretary of state — has announced that she is seeking the Democratic nomination to take on U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 election.

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.

The Grimes campaign is saying this is a dirty trick, but maintaining an accurate e-mail database and looking for issues is something they need to be doing. I think it’s far more likely that the amateurs working for Grimes pulled every e-mail list they had together to fundraise and that included some County Clerks that Grimes oversees. She’s off to a rough start.