Grimes Wants $345 Billion In Tax Hikes Despite Not Paying Her Own Local Fees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement and background information on Alison Lundergan Grimes endorsing billions of dollars in tax hikes as part of her campaign platform while failing to pay her own local fees and fines.

"Alison Lundergan Grimes doesn't bat an eye about raising taxes on everyone else but she takes absolutely no responsibility for the local fees she owes as a result of owning a distressed property that is an eyesore for a local Lexington community. She obviously believes there are two standards: one for her family, and one for everyone else," said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore.

Alison Lundergan Grimes Has Multiple Connections To Glenncase, LLC

Alison Lundergan Grimes Has An Investment Worth Up To $50,000 In Glenncase, LLC. “Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state who is running against U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has reported on Senate financial disclosure forms that she holds stock worth between $15,001 and $50,000 in Glenncase, LLC, which owns the former Continental Inn property at the corner of Winchester Road and New Circle Road. (Sam Youngman, “Grimes owns small stake in company city threatened legal action against over unpaid fees, fines,” Herald-Leader, 9/20/14)

Grimes Drew Up And Signed The Articles Of Organization For Glenncase, LLC. “In December 2005, just days before Glenncase bought the Continental Inn property for more than $3.5 million, then-Alison Lundergan drew up and signed the articles of organization for Glenncase while working as an attorney with Stoll, Keenon & Ogden, LLP.” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes owns small stake in company city threatened legal action against over unpaid fees, fines,” Herald-Leader, 9/20/14)

Glenncase, LLC Threatened With Legal Action, Viewed With Great Disappointment By Neighbors

Grimes Co-Owned Property Repeatedly Cited For Code Violations” And Threatened With Legal Action. “Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has a small ownership stake in a vacant Lexington property that city officials have repeatedly cited for code violations and threatened legal action against for nonpayment of more than $20,000 in storm-sewer fees and fines.” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes owns small stake in company city threatened legal action against over unpaid fees, fines,” Herald-Leader, 9/20/14)

"Since Mr. Lundergan has refused to honor the settlement he made, LFUCG has no choice but to pursue collection of the amount owed through legal action," Gardner wrote.” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes owns small stake in company city threatened legal action against over unpaid fees, fines,” Herald-Leader, 9/20/14)

Grimes’ Neighbors View The Property With “A Great Deal Of Disappointment”. “Neighbors view the property "with a great deal of disappointment," said Loys Mather, president of the Eastland Parkway Neighborhood Association. "It's not something that's an asset for the neighborhood and east Lexington," Mather said.” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes owns small stake in company city threatened legal action against over unpaid fees, fines,” Herald-Leader, 9/20/14)

“…the property remains a sore spot for the neighborhood. "We still get people expressing concerns about it," Mather said. (Sam Youngman, “Grimes owns small stake in company city threatened legal action against over unpaid fees, fines,” Herald-Leader, 9/20/14)

Grimes’ Father Refused To Pay Storm-Sewer Bills, Owed By Glenncase, For Over Four Years. “Documents obtained by the Herald-Leader from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government reveal that Lundergan refused to pay storm-sewer bills for more than four years and that neighbors have complained repeatedly about the appearance of the property, peaking over the summer of 2013 as the neighborhood fought successfully to reverse the city's decision to sign a lease with Glenncase to put a temporary salt storage facility on the property. General disrepair — soiled mattresses and tires, potholes and graffiti — has led to numerous code violations and fines by the city and at least two liens against the property.” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes owns small stake in company city threatened legal action against over unpaid fees, fines,” Herald-Leader, 9/20/14)

In June, Jerry Lundergan Paid More Than $20,000 In Fees, Late Fees, And Fines That The Property Owed. “Most recently, Lundergan wrote two checks to the city in June 2014 for more than $20,000 in unpaid water quality management fees, late fees and fines. The first payment of $10,000 came on June 11, six months after the city informed Lundergan's attorney they would take legal action to collect the money. The second payment of $12,369.81 was made June 25…” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes owns small stake in company city threatened legal action against over unpaid fees, fines,”Herald-Leader, 9/20/14)

Special Favors From The Lexington Government?

Glenncase Received “Unprecedented” Deductions In The Fees They Owed. “Through his attorney, Jason Kinser, Lundergan repeatedly disputed the fees, asking for rate reviews, inspections and reinspections of the property. He won three different deductions, which a city attorney described as "unprecedented." (Sam Youngman, “Grimes owns small stake in company city threatened legal action against over unpaid fees, fines,” Herald-Leader, 9/20/14)

Glenncase Received Thousands Of Dollars Off Their Fees. “Lundergan indicated that the new arrangement was unacceptable and that he planned to continue his appeal. Kinser offered a proposed settlement in November 2013, which included a further reduction of $4,500. Under the proposal, Lundergan would pay about $15,000 in three installments, with the first installment to be paid immediately” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes owns small stake in company city threatened legal action against over unpaid fees, fines,” Herald-Leader, 9/20/14)

Grimes Copied Senate Democrat Tax Hike Proposals

Grimes Plan To Pay For The Brent-Spence Bridge Would Involve Raising Taxes. “Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes released her plan to raise money for the bridges, by eliminating what she called tax loopholes "for millionaires and billionaires." She doesn't like tolls either.” (Chris Turner, “McConnell, Grimes release competing plans for bridge funding,” WDRB, 6/20/14)

Grimes Copied Directly From The Liberal Senate Budget Committee’s Tax Plan In Her Plan To Pay For The Brent Spence Bridge. “Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes endorsed a plan by the Senate Budget Committee that she said would close the shortfall in the Federal Highway Trust Fund and pay for the bridge.” (Adam Beam, “McConnell, Grimes announce competing bridge plans,” Associated Press, 6/20/14)

Grimes Tax Plan Would Raise Taxes By $273 Billion Over Ten Years. (Press Release, “Grimes: Rebuild The Bridge Cut The Deficit,” Alison For Kentucky, 6/20/14)

Student Loan Plan Would Have Increased Taxes

Grimes Student Loan Plan “Mirrors” Liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Plan. “The plan Grimes released Thursday mirrors some of Warren’s proposals, including the measure to allow those with student loan debt to refinance them at lower interest rates. She also wants to allow a one-year period when new student borrowers could obtain a loan at a three-quarter of 1 percent interest rate. The current student loan rate is 3.4 percent.” (Ronnie Ellis, “Grimes hears student loan ills in Danville,” Richmond Register, 6/26/14)

Elizabeth Warren’s Plan Would Have Included Increased Taxes. “McConnell led a GOP-backed filibuster against the Warren bill because it was paid for using the so-called "Buffet Rule," which raises taxes on Americans earn over $1 million annually. The GOP leader called the bill a political stunt that was meant to be a campaign talking point in the midterm election.” (Phillip Bailey, “Alison Lundergan Grimes Shares Student Loan Plan Ahead of College Affordability Rally in Louisville,” WFPL, 6/27/14)

Grimes Supports The Buffett Rule Tax Increase. “Grimes bemoaned McConnell’s vote against Warren’s bill, which would have been funded by the so-called Buffett Rule setting minimum tax rates for those earning more than $1 million, as “deeply disconcerting” Wednesday. (Kevin Wheatley, “US Sen. Warren To Campaign In KY. For Grimes,” State Journal, 6/12/14)

“…the Buffett Rule would raise revenues by $72 billion.” (Elahe Izadi, “Democrats Are Trying a New Tactic on Student Loans: It’s a Women’s Issue,” National Journal, 6/5/14)

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