2nd Bus Co. Cited By Grimes Camp Confirms She Would Owe Between $67,000 - $186,200, “Not Including Driver” ​#Sweetheart Deal​

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released more background information on Alison Lundergan Grimes’ “Sweetheart Deal.” 

Once Again, A Company The Grimes Campaign Cites To Prove They Are Paying Fair Market Value Undermines Their Argument

Grimes Release:

Coast To Coast Coach’s Policy States That Their Daily Rate Must Be Paid “Regardless If It Is A Travel Day Or An Off Day. There Are No Exceptions To This Rule.” (Press Release, “Comparable Rates For Buses Show The Grimes Bus Is Well Within Market Rates,” Alison For Kentucky, 8/19/14) 

At A Minimum This Works Out To $67,100, Not Including The Driver.  Grimes Paid $10,939 To Signature Special Event Services. 

Background

Grimes Press Release:

“Coast to Coast Coach advertises a rate of $275 to $700 for a coach bus. Follow up calls with the company said that a bus comparable to the Grimes campaign bus would go for $300 to $550 a day and $200 a day for a driver.

[Coast to Coast Coach, accessed 8/19/14]” 

(Press Release, “Comparable Rates For Buses Show The Grimes Bus Is Well Within Market Rates,” Alison For Kentucky, 8/19/14) 

First Bus Company: “Sweetheart Deal”

Star Coach VP Dan Neuen Called The Small Amount The Grimes Campaign Paid For Their Campaign Bus “A Sweetheart Deal”. “One company, Star Coach in Atlanta, said the $456-a-day rate was legitimate. But Dan Neuen, the company's vice president of operations, said he would have charged the campaign every day regardless of whether they used the bus. "If they're paying 11 grand to have that bus wrapped for 266 days and use it however many days they want to use it? That's a sweetheart deal," Neuen said.” (Adam Beam, “Bus rental spat comes as Senate candidates meet,” Associated Press, 8/20/14)

Grimes Press Release: 

“Star Coach advertises that it leases a Prevost model of a similar year between $350 and $750 per day. The Star Coach website states, “Our fleet of nearly 50 coaches offers clients a wide variety and spectrum of coaches from our least expensive models (2000-2002 Prevost H3-45 non slide outs) to our brand new and high end specialty coaches such as ‘star configuration’ (coaches with a rear bedroom suite)…Generally, our entire fleet will fall in the range of $350 / day up to $750 / day.” [Star Coach, accessed 8/19/14]” (Press Release, “Comparable Rates For Buses Show The Grimes Bus Is Well Within Market Rates,” Alison For Kentucky, 8/19/14)

 

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