Grimes Sends Warren Buffett Invite On Campaign Letterhead, Gets Caught, Denies, Shifts Blame

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement and background information on Alison Lundergan Grimes lying to Kentuckians about her fundraiser with billionaire Warren Buffett in California.

“Alison Lundergan Grimes had no problem touting a fundraiser with the Obama billionaire who is responsible for six hundred Kentuckians losing their job until she got caught, then her floundering campaign repeatedly lied to cover up the fact that she cares more about her money and than she does Kentucky jobs,” said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore.  

BACKGROUND

“Less than 24 hours after Breitbart News first reported that Warren Buffett was scheduled to participate via conference call at Wednesday night's California fundraiser for Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Grimes campaign confirmed the billionaire investor has dropped out of the event.” (Michael Patrick Leahy, “Buffett Drops Out of California Fundraiser for Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate,” Breitbart, 9/17/14)

Timeline:

Grimes Gets Caught: Buffett Fundraiser Invite, Grimes Campaign Letterhead

“McConnell's campaign said Grimes is raising money with billionaire Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway Corp. owns Fruit of the Loom Inc., which is closing its plant in Jamestown, costing the Southern Kentucky town 600 jobs. Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton said the claim is inaccurate…” (Al Cross, Kentucky's US Senate Race Blog, 9/17/14)

 

“The McConnell campaign responded by supplying a PDF of an invitation to an event tonight, which says Buffett will participate via conference call. Norton replied 50 minutes later…” (Al Cross, Kentucky's US Senate Race Blog, 9/17/14)

Grimes Camp Denies

“McConnell's campaign said Grimes is raising money with billionaire Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway Corp. owns Fruit of the Loom Inc., which is closing its plant in Jamestown, costing the Southern Kentucky town 600 jobs. Grimes spokesman Charly Norton said the claim is inaccurate: "Warren Buffett is not attending or participating in any event with Alison." (Al Cross, Kentucky's US Senate Race Blog, 9/17/14)

Grimes Camp Blames Host For Inviting Warren Buffett

The Grimes’ campaign stressed that it did not invite Buffett and he will not participate. ‘He was invited by a host who has a personal connection,’ spokeswoman Charly Norton emailed.” (James Hohmann, “Buffett call-in to Grimes fundraiser scrapped,” Politico, 9/17/14)

Background: Buffett Closes Kentucky Factory

Fruit Of The Loom Is Owned By Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. “The company, owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway but headquartered in Bowling Green, said the move is "part of the company's ongoing efforts to align its global supply chain" and will allow the company to better use its existing investments to provide products cheaper and faster.” (Janet Patton, Cheryl Truman, Bill Estep, “Fruit of the Loom to close Jamestown plant, lay off all 600 workers,” Herald-Leader, 4/3/14)

Fruit Of The Loom Closed Their Jamestown Plant And Laid Off 600 Workers In 2014. “Clothing company Fruit of the Loom announced Thursday that it will permanently close its plant in Jamestown and lay off all 600 employees by the end of the year.” (Janet Patton, Cheryl Truman, Bill Estep, “Fruit of the Loom to close Jamestown plant, lay off all 600 workers,” Herald-Leader, 4/3/14)

Fruit Of The Loom Is Moving Their Textile Operations To Honduras. “The company said it is moving the plant's textile operations to Honduras to save money. The company plans to close the plant in phases from June 8 through Dec. 31.” (Janet Patton, Cheryl Truman, Bill Estep, “Fruit of the Loom to close Jamestown plant, lay off all 600 workers,” Herald-Leader, 4/3/14)

Fruit Of The Loom Moving Out Of Jamestown, Kentucky Will Cost The City Millions. “Hoover said the city of Jamestown gets more than $200,000 a year from occupational tax from plant employees. He said Fruit of the Loom pays the city $1.6 million a year for the wastewater treatment plant, which was upgraded a few years ago at the request of Fruit of the Loom. "I don't know how they make the bond payment once Fruit of the Loom leaves," Hoover said.”  (Janet Patton, Cheryl Truman, Bill Estep, “Fruit of the Loom to close Jamestown plant, lay off all 600 workers,” Herald-Leader, 4/3/14)

Fruit Of The Loom Was A Major Employer In Russell County And The Lake Cumberland Region. “Russell County Judge-Executive Gary Robertson said he first heard of the pending layoffs on Thursday afternoon. He said that not only was Fruit of the Loom a big employer for Russell County, but for surrounding counties in the Lake Cumberland region as well.” (Janet Patton, Cheryl Truman, Bill Estep, “Fruit of the Loom to close Jamestown plant, lay off all 600 workers,” Herald-Leader, 4/3/14)

Russell County’s Unemployment Rate Was 11.5%. “Russell County's unemployment rate was 11.5 percent in February, up from 10.3 percent in January. Of the 8,103 people in the civilian labor force, 934 did not have a job, according to the latest numbers from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.” (Adam Beam, “Fruit of the Loom to close U.S. plant, move jobs to Honduras,” Associated Press, 4/3/14)

The Jamestown Plant Was The Last Plant Fruit Of The Loom Had In Kentucky. “The Jamestown plant is the last Fruit of the Loom plant in a state where the company had once been a manufacturing titan second only to General Electric. (Janet Patton, Cheryl Truman, Bill Estep, “Fruit of the Loom to close Jamestown plant, lay off all 600 workers,” Herald-Leader, 4/3/14)

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