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Jury convicts dad of Alison Lundergan Grimes for giving - illegally to Senate campaign (KY)

Posted: Sep 13th, 2019 - 4:29 am

A federal jury found two longtime Democratic operatives guilty Thursday of funneling illegal corporate campaign contributions into Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ 2014 U.S. Senate campaign, delivering another blow to a significantly weakened Kentucky Democratic Party.

The jury convicted former Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Lundergan, the father of Grimes, on 10 charges and Democratic political consultant Dale Emmons on 6 charges after federal prosecutors alleged they had a “concerted scheme” to funnel more than $200,000 into Grimes’ election efforts without seeking reimbursement from the campaign.

The most serious charges could each carry a maximum of 20 years in prison for each man. As the clerk read the verdict, someone among Lundergan’s supporters let out a soft cry.

J. Guthrie True, Lundergan’s attorney, said the defendants were “disappointed” by the verdict but knew they were taking a chance by taking the case to a jury. True said the verdict will be appealed.

“We would intend to take this appeal as high as possible,” True said.

The verdict, which the jury reached in less than 2.5 hours, delivers a blow to the political future of Grimes, who was once seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, although no evidence was presented that suggested Grimes knew about the illegal contributions.

It also wounds two Democratic Party stalwarts who have had a hand in campaigns since at least the ‘70s. Lundergan served two terms as chairman of the state party and built up control over a faction of the party. Emmons had worked on hundreds of campaigns from the state House to the U.S. Senate.

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