Alison Lundergan Grimes: The Obama/Reid Hand-Picked Candidate To Ensure Implementation Of Anti-Coal Agenda

June 2, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement from spokeswoman Allison Moore and background information on Grimes support for President Obama the liberal groups funding her campaign to ensure their liberal, anti-coal agenda is implemented in Harry Reid’s Senate.

“Alison Lundergan Grimes was recruited by President Obama, who said he would ‘bankrupt’ the coal industry, and Harry Reid, who said ‘coal makes us sick’ and she is being funded by liberals nationwide who know that a vote for her is a vote to ensure further implementation of their anti-coal agenda in the U.S. Senate.”


Obama’s Goal Of Bankrupting Coal Was Well-Known When Alison Lundergan Grimes Threw Her Support Behind Him 

In 2008 Obama Said That Building A Coal Fired Plant Will Bankrupt You. “So if somebody wants to build a coal fired plant they can, its just that it will bankrupt them because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that is being emitted.” (Marcus Chan, “An interview with Sen. Barack Obama,” San Francisco Chronicle, 1/17/08)

Alison Lundergan Grimes Has A History Of Supporting Obama And The Democratic Platform 

Grimes Was A Member Of The 2008 DNC Rules Committee. (Kentucky Secretary Of State Website, Accessed 7/27/13)

VIDEO: DNC Secretary Alice Germond’s Roll Call At DNC Rules Committee Meeting: “Kentucky: Alison Grimes, Jonathan Miller.” (C-SPAN, DNC Rules Committee Meeting, Video, 8/23/08, Grimes At 9:10) 

Alison Lundergan Grimes: “I Do” Support The Democrat Party Platform 

VIDEO: When Asked If She Supported The Democratic Party Platform, Grimes Said “I Do …” REPORTER: “So I’m going to ask you this. Do you support the National Democratic party platform?” GRIMES: “I do, Jim. Unlike my opponent, I am a lifelong Democrat, born and raised, and proud to stand up and say I’m a Democrat and running on the Democratic party ticket.” (Alison Lundergan Grimes, Interview With James Pence, 3/21/11)

2008 Platform: “We Will Implement A Market-Based Cap And Trade System.” “Global climate change is the planet's greatest threat, and our response will determine the very future of life on this earth. Despite the efforts of our current Administration to deny the science of climate change and the need to act, we still believe that America can be earth's best hope. We will implement a market-based cap and trade system to reduce carbon emissions by the amount scientists say is necessary to avoid catastrophic change and we will set interim targets along the way to ensure that we meet our goal.” (2008 Democratic Party Platform, “Renewing America’s Promise,” 8/25/08)

Sen. Harry Reid, Who Said “Coal Makes Us Sick” Recruited Alison Grimes For Her Senate Run 

According To Politico, Grimes Quietly Came To Washington In May 2013 And Had A Private Meeting With Majority Leader Reid. “Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, remains perhaps the last major Democratic threat to McConnell, but she’s been mum for far on her intentions, despite quietly coming to Washington last month and even privately meeting with Reid, sources say.” (Jonathan Martin and Manu Raju, “Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid: 2 Sides Of Same Coin,” Politico, 6/10/13)

·      Headline: “Grimes Has Had Private Meetings With Harry Reid…” (“Grimes Has Had Private Meetings With Harry Reid, ‘Politico’ Reports,”, 6/10/13)

·      VIDEO: WHAS11: “Grimes Had Private Meetings With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.” WHAS11’S MELISSA SWAN: “New information about a possible run for U.S. Senate by Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. The political newspaper Politico reports that Grimes had private meetings with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Grimes is said to be considering a possible run for office but hasn’t said when a decision would be made.” (“Grimes Has Had Private Meetings With Harry Reid, 'Politico' Reports,” WHAS11, 6/10/13)

Grimes Met Privately For 30 Minutes With Harry Reid. “Privately, however, Reid has met with McConnell’s leading Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, and her father, Jerry Lundergan, when she was still weighing whether to run. In their 30-minute meeting in Reid’s office this spring, the Senate majority leader promised he would not publicly stump in Kentucky against McConnell, according to a Democratic source.” (Manu Raju and John Bresnahan, “Harry Reid-Mitch McConnell Relationship Hits New Low,”Politico, 7/14/13)

·      Reid Encouraged Grimes To Run In A Follow-Up Phone Conversation That Grimes Initiated. “Reid, though, did encourage Grimes to run – as he did in a follow-up phone conversation that she initiated, sources say.” (Manu Raju and John Bresnahan, “Harry Reid-Mitch McConnell Relationship Hits New Low,” Politico, 7/14/13)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Holds Weekly Strategy Calls With The Grimes Campaign And Has Dispatched Strategists To The Campaign. “The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee holds weekly strategy conference calls and dispatched top media consultant Mark Putnam and prominent pollster Mark Mellman to help put the campaign on more solid footing. While Lundergan is not on every strategy call, he also speaks and texts frequently with top DSCC officials. The DSCC got behind the choice of Hurst as campaign manager, and senior committee officials say they’ve developed a strong working relationship with Grimes, her team and father, praising the campaign as well run so far.” (Manu Raju, “Bluegrass Bravado: Untested Alison Lundergan Grimes Takes On Mitch McConnell,” Politico, 1/23/14)  

Harry Reid To Hold Another Fundraiser For Alison Lundergan Grimes This Week

Senate Majority PAC Is Going To Air TV Ads In Kentucky Against Sen. McConnell. “Kentucky: Senate Majority PAC is going to take a big old whack at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell starting next Wednesday. The group has reserved about $525,000 on cable and broadcast television across the state.” (Reid Wilson, “Read In,” Washington Post, 5/23/14)

Tom Steyer Recently Gave $5 Million Dollars To The Senate Majority PAC. (Nicholas Confessore, “Billionaire Democrat Sets Eye on Senate Races,” New York Times, 5/17/14)

Tom Steyer Is The Biggest Contributor To The Senate Majority PAC. “The contribution, confirmed by a Steyer spokesman and the super PAC, the Senate Majority PAC, makes Mr. Steyer the single largest contributor to the group this year as Democratic donors rush to provide funds to left-leaning groups. Republicans have relied far more heavily on political nonprofit groups that do not disclose their donors.” (Nicholas Confessore, “Billionaire Democrat Sets Eye on Senate Races,” New York Times, 5/17/14)

According To Steyer’s Spokesman Senate Majority PAC Will Spend Steyer’s Money According To His Criteria.  (Nicholas Confessore, “Billionaire Democrat Sets Eye on Senate Races,” New York Times, 5/17/14)

Senate Majority PAC Is Run By Former Aides Of Harry Reid. “Senate Majority PAC, which is run by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other top Democrats.” (John Bresnahan, “Michael Bloomberg gives $2.5M to Senate Majority PAC, Politico, 1/17/14)

·      Majority Leader Harry Reid: “Coal makes us sick, oil makes us sick, it's ruining our country, it's ruining our world." (“Harry Reid: "Coal Makes Us Sick, Oil Makes Us Sick", Huffington Post, 7/09/08)

Liberal Outside Groups Support Grimes To Ensure Implementation Of Obama/Reid Agenda 

CREDO’s President Says That Grimes’ Support For The Keystone Pipeline Is Acceptable Because She Will Vote For Senator Reid For Majority Leader. “Although Grimes may not share their position, “the Keystone XL issue is not up to the Senate,” so she would not determine the project’s future. “The most important vote for us is the vote cast for majority leader,” the group’s president said. (Andrew Johnson, “Climate-Change PAC Bends to Justify Backing Grimes after Her Call to Approve Keystone,” National Review, 4/24/14)

CREDO Plans To Open Field Offices For Grimes. (Joe Arnold, “Anti-Keystone Super PAC to mobilize for Grimes vs McConnell,” WHAS, 4/23/14)

CREDO’s Budget For The Kentucky Senate Race Is $500,000. (Andrew Johnson, “Climate-Change PAC Bends to Justify Backing Grimes after Her Call to Approve Keystone,” National Review, 4/24/14)

CREDO Planned To Start Meeting With Activists In Kentucky After The Primary. (Nick Storm, “Super PAC action in U.S. Senate race to ramp up immediately after primary,” cn2, 5/20/14)


In A Report On Its Activism, CREDO Bragged About Its Anti-Coal Activism. “With more than 1.3 million of ourCREDO Action community raising their voices for the environment, we are the biggest and most fierce online-to-offline environmental group in the nation. We continued our relentless local activism against coal plants, and expanded our local activism to target fracking, one of the largest growing threats to the safety of our water and to our ability to move past fossil fuels and fight climate change.” (“Credo Activism 2012”, Accessed 5/27/14)

CREDO Has A “Commitment To Shutting Down Coal Plants”. (“Credo Activism 2012”, Accessed 5/27/14)

CREDO Boasted About Shutting Down A Coal Plant In Kentucky. “Working with local groups, CREDO activists helped secure historic coal plant shut-downs and retirement announcements in 2012. Our activists helped build the pressure to shut down the Fisk and Crawford coal plants in Chicago, the Portland plant in Pennsylvania, the Big Sandy plant in Kentucky, and the campus coal plants at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee and South Dakota State University. (“Credo Activism 2012”, Accessed 5/27/14)

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