Kentucky Dem indicted for allegedly making illegal contributions to a U.S. Senate campaign
“The most egregious campaign finance crime in the history of the commonwealth.” -Kentucky GOP
A federal grand jury in Lexington returned an indictment charging Gerald G. Lundergan, 71, Democrat of Lexington, Kentucky, with one count of conspiracy, one count of making corporate campaign contributions, four counts of causing the submission of false statements to the FEC, and four counts of causing the falsification of documents with the intent to obstruct and impede a matter within the FEC’s jurisdiction.
The indictment also charges Dale C. Emmons, 66, of Richmond, Kentucky, with one count of conspiracy, one count of making corporate campaign contributions, two counts of causing the submission of false statements, and two counts of causing the falsification of documents with the intent to obstruct and impede.
The indictment alleges that Lundergan used the funds of S.R. Holding Company Inc. (“S.R. Holding”), a company he owned, to pay for services provided by consultants and vendors to a campaign for U.S. Senate in the 2014 election cycle. The candidate for this seat was Lundergan’s family member. His daughter and Kentucky’s current Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The indictment alleges that Lundergan and another S.R. Holding employee issued a number of payments from S.R. Holding funds for services that included audio-video production, lighting, recorded telephone calls, and campaign consulting between July 2013 and December 2015. The payments referenced in the indictment allegedly totaled $194,270.39 over time.
According to the indictment, these payments included $119,145.45 paid from S.R. Holding to Emmons and his company during this period for services to the campaign. Emmons also used the funds of his corporation, Emmons & Company Inc., to pay other vendors and a campaign worker for services rendered to the campaign.
Over time, according to the indictment, Emmons paid $38,603.80 to these vendors for recorded telephone calls, technological support services, and other campaign-related expenses.
Many know Gerald Lundgren as Jerry Lundgren, a “veteran Democrat strategist”. The 2014 Kentucky Senate race was a very heated race that ultimately saw the victory of Mitch McConnel.
“Many folks think that Rand Paul can’t be beat. They’re worried he might be too well liked,” Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-KY., said.
“I don’t buy it. Just ask his neighbor, he can be beaten.”
Truly disgusting, and those comments should give you an insight on the kind of campaign this woman likes to run. She was obviously not above allegedly letting her father illegally fund her campaign, so what are a few heinous and trashy comments? The attack on Rand Paul was vicious and most Democrats are smart enough not to make a joke about such an incident.
It’s sad to say but if her father is guilty I hope they throw the book at him and they launch a very thorough investigation into Alison Grimes because something tells me she has more skeletons hidden in her closet.
The following is a statement from the Republican Party of Kentucky:
“At the same time that she was serving as Kentucky’s Secretary of State and chief elections officer, Alison Lundergan Grimes’ ran a US Senate campaign that now stands accused of the most egregious campaign finance crime in the history of the Commonwealth. Between this week’s revelations at the State Board of Elections and today’s indictment, it is clear Secretary Grimes has absolutely no regard for the laws governing our elections that she was elected to uphold. That is why we are asking Secretary Grimes to recuse herself and her office from any and all election related activities this election cycle and cede control of this fall’s elections to the other 6 members of the State Board of Elections.”