Coal Haters Love Grimes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

Grimes Has Received Millions From Anti-Coal Advocates Because They Know She’ll Support Reid & Obama

LEXINGTON – Team Mitch today released the following background information on Alison Lundergan Grimes’ anti-coal liberal donors.

“Grimes’ campaign has directly and indirectly benefited from money and ads from environmental groups and activists critical of coal.” (Steve Conorno, “Alison Lundergan Grimes says Mitch McConnell, not she, is taking money from anti-coal groups,” Politifact, 10/8/14)

After Receiving Millions From Tom Steyer, Senate Majority PAC Has Run Millions Of Dollars In TV Ads Benefiting Grimes. “Meanwhile, the Senate Majority PAC, a political arm of Senate Democrats, has put $4.3 million into the race. The PAC has received significant funding — about $5 million so far — from billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer.” (Steve Conorno, “Alison Lundergan Grimes says Mitch McConnell, not she, is taking money from anti-coal groups,” Politifact, 10/8/14)

Grimes Has Received Financial Support From Leading Anti-Coal Activists. “For starters, her campaign reported a $1,000 donation from Frances Beinecke, the president of the Natural Resource Defense Council. The NRDC was instrumental in helping the Obama administration develop the new carbon regulations on existing power plants. In October 2011, Susie Tompkins Buell, the founder of the women’s clothing line Esprit and a noted climate change activist, held a fundraiser for Grimes at her California home.” (Steve Conorno, “Alison Lundergan Grimes says Mitch McConnell, not she, is taking money from anti-coal groups,” Politifact, 10/8/14)

Grimes Has Benefited From Campaign Activities From A Group That Focuses On “Fighting ‘Dirty Coal’". “Meanwhile, Grimes’ campaign has also benefited indirectly from outside groups that have helped in the ongoing ad wars in Kentucky without officially coordinating with her campaign. CREDO, a progressive organization with a campaign focused on fighting "dirty coal," has spent $35,000 to air anti-McConnell ads so far, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign finance watchdog.” (Steve Conorno, “Alison Lundergan Grimes says Mitch McConnell, not she, is taking money from anti-coal groups,” Politifact, 10/8/14)

Grimes Has Received Cash From Frances Beinecke Elston, The President Of The Natural Resources Defense Council. “U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign is calling out Alison Lundergan Grimes for accepting a $1,000 contribution from Frances Beinecke Elston, the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.” (Joe Gerth, “Alison Grimes Accepted Contributions From Environmentalist,” Courier-Journal, 5/29/14)

  • “The NRDC’s Proposals Helped Shape The Obama Administration’s Plan.” “The NRDC's proposals helped shape the Obama administration's plan, which is scheduled to go out for public comment before becoming final next year.” (Sean Cockerham, “Kentucky's Coal-Burning Power Plants Are Likely Targets Under Plan Obama To Announce Monday,” Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/29/14) 

CREDO Plans To Open Field Offices For Grimes. “It is being selective in which races it is targeting in 2014, with plans to open field offices and mobilize what it describes as a volunteer-driven, grassroots voter contact model.” (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. “Democratic discord over the Keystone XL pipeline displayed itself on Wednesday as Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on President Obama to approve the project on the same day a San Francisco-based PAC opposed to the pipeline announced plans to spend $500,000 in the state to oust Republican Mitch McConnell for his support of it.” (Andrew Johnson, “Climate-Change PAC Bends to Justify Backing Grimes after Her Call to Approve Keystone,” National Review, 4/24/14)

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)

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

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