“SECRET AUDIO” REVEALS MCCONNELL STANDING UP FOR KENTUCKY COAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement and background information on the “secret audio” of Sen. McConnell’s stump speech revealing his commitment to fighting President Obama’s liberal, anti-coal agenda. 

“In contrast to Alison Lundergan Grimes' failure to defend Kentucky coal from the EPA behind closed doors with Obama donors, Senator McConnell fights for Kentucky wherever he goes. Earlier this summer Grimes failed to utter a word of support after promising Kentuckians she would defend Kentucky coal at a Harry Reid fundraiser and lord knows what she said to Tom Steyer and anti-coal billionaires when she attended their conference in Chicago," said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore.

And for anyone who would like to hear these remarks from Sen. McConnell in person, you can catch his stump speech at several events around Kentucky today...

BACKGROUND

Sen. McConnell Vowed To Go After The Funding Of The Anti-Coal Environmental Protection Agency. “So in the House and Senate, we own the budget. So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what's called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We're going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board (inaudible). All across the federal government, we're going to go after it… (Lauren Windsor, “Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires (Exclusive),” The Nation, 8/26/14)

Grimes Attended Billionaire Liberal Democracy Alliance Conference 

In April 2014, Grimes Attended The Billionaire Liberal Donor Democracy Alliance Meeting In Chicago That Featured Donors Such As Tom Steyer And Jonathan Soros. “Some of the country's biggest Democratic donors -- including Tom Steyer and Jonathan Soros -- are huddling behind closed doors next week in Chicago with union bigwigs and progressive superstars like Bill de Blasio to plan how to pull their party -- and the country -- to the left. The setting is the annual spring meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a secretive club of wealthy liberals that's the closest thing the left has to the vaunted Koch brothers' political network. … The Spring Investment Conference will feature a number of Clinton allies and others associated with the centrist wing -- including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Kentucky Senate candidate Alison LunderganGrimes and Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.” (Ken Vogel, “The Left’s Secret Club,” Politico, 4/24/14) 

·      At The Meeting, Steyer Hosted A Session Called “Putting Climate Change At The Forefront Of American Politics.” “Steyer, the San Francisco hedge fund billionaire trying to raise money for a planned $100-million midterm spending spree on behalf of environmentally minded candidates, is hosting a session called ‘Putting Climate Change at the Forefront of American Politics,’ and is expected to hold one-on-one meetings to solicit checks from interested DA partners.” (Ken Vogel, “The Left’s Secret Club,” Politico, 4/24/14)  

Grimes Lied To Kentuckians, Did Not Defend Kentucky Coal During Harry Reid Fundraiser   

Despite Promising To Defend Kentucky Coal, Grimes “Never Mentioned Coal During An 11-Minute Speech” At A Washington Fundraiser With Harry Reid.“Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes promised to defend Kentucky's coal industry during a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week, but she never mentioned coal during an 11-minute speech at the Washington, D.C., event, Politico reported Monday. In an audio recording of the speech obtained by Politico, Grimes instead criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's record on jobs, the minimum wage and women's issues, prompting McConnell's campaign to accuse Grimes of misleading Kentucky voters.” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes Didn't Defend Coal During D.C. Speech As Promised, According To Report,” The Lexington Herald Leader, 6/9/14)

·      CN|2: “After Assuring Kentuckians” She Would Use Reid Fundraiser “To Press The Issue Of Coal,” “Grimes Didn’t Bring The Issue Up Once.”“After assuring Kentuckians that she would use a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to press the issue of coal, attendees at the Washington event say Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes didn’t bring the issue up once.” (Jacqueline Pitts, “Fundraiser Attendees Dispute Grimes' Claim Of Talking Coal With Harry Reid,” CN|2’s “Pure Politics” Blog, 6/9/14)

·      The Lexington Herald-Leader Headline: “Grimes Didn't Defend Coal During D.C. Speech As Promised, According To Report.” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes Didn't Defend Coal During D.C. Speech As Promised, According To Report,” Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/9/14)

·      Herald-Leader: “She Never Mentioned Coal.” “Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes promised to defend Kentucky's coal industry during a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week, but she never mentioned coal during an 11-minute speech at the Washington, D.C.” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes Didn't Defend Coal During D.C. Speech As Promised, According To Report,” Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/9/14)

·      WHAS-TV: “During Her Remarks, Grimes Indicates That She And Reid Are In Regular Contact About Her Campaign, A Potentially Troublesome Admission.” “During her remarks, Grimes indicates that she and Reid are in regular contact about her campaign, a potentially troublesome admission as the McConnell camp attempts to nationalize the race and link Grimes to Reid and President Barack Obama. ‘The leader always tells me that when we talk as you all know, there are a lot of friends in this room who have been with this campaign before it was cool to be with this campaign,’ she said.” (Joe Arnold, “No Mention Of Coal, EPA In Secret Recording Of Grimes Fundraiser,” WHAS, 6/10/14)

“The Grimes’ Campaign Scrambled To Explain That Grimes And Reid Had A ‘Private Conversation’ In Which Grimes Kept Her Promise…” “Grimes' campaign spokeswoman said in the days leading up to the Washington, D.C. fundraiser that Grimes was ‘absolutely livid’ about new environmental regulations and would ‘use the event’ to tell Reid about her displeasure. After the audio tape was released Monday evening, the Grimes' campaign scrambled to explain that Grimes and Reid had a ‘private conversation’ in which Grimes kept her promise to ‘share the stories of how Kentuckians are hurting and demand that the Senate take action to invest in clean coal technology.’” (Sam Youngman, “McConnell Hammers Grimes On Recording, But Real Damage Could Come Later,” Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/11/14)

VIDEO: CNN’s John King: “She runs this ad saying I’m going to go to Washington, I’m going to be an independent voice, I’m going to send a message to democratic leadership. I won’t be in President Obama’s pocket, and then she comes to this fundraiser, and does not mention her concerns about coal policy, which she had promised to doManu, you say in your story. And she also talks about how close she is to the Democratic Leader Harry Reid. This could be a huge problem for her back home.” (CNN’s “New Day,” 6/10/14)  

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