While Grimes Fundraises On The Coasts, Campaign Worsens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

Twelve Straight Polls Show Commanding McConnell Lead

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following background information on Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign continuing to sink while she was fundraising with liberal millionaires in Hollywood and Manhattan.

While Her Campaign Sinks, Grimes Was Fundraising In Hollywood And Manhattan

“Hollywood Politicos” Held A Beverly Hills Fundraiser For Alison Lundergan Grimes. “On September 18, an A-list of Hollywood politicos will raise money for Alison Lundergan Grimes at the Beverly Hills home of producers Rosalie Swedlin and Robert Cort. (Erik Hayden, Tina Daunt, “Gwyneth Paltrow to Host Barack Obama for October Fundraiser,” Hollywood Reporter, 9/12/14)

Grimes Also Raised Money With Liberal, Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn In Manhattan. “In another move to ease her way back into politics, former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn helped to raise money for Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes at an intimate Manhattan reception Monday night, sources said.” (Annie Karni, “Christine Quinn fundraises for Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes at intimate Manhattan reception,” New York Daily News, 9/16/14)

Background on Christine Quinn’s Anti-Kentucky Values

In Her Run For Mayor, Christine Quinn Touted Her Fight Against Global Warming. “From fighting global warming to protecting our watershed to passing the City’s first comprehensive solid waste management law, Chris is proud to have helped lead the way on this critical issue.”

Quinn Bragged About Passing A Bill That Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 30%. Passed the Climate Protection Act, requiring the City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.” (“Environment,” Christine Quinn for NYC Mayor, Accessed 9/19/14)

Christine Quinn Praised Andrew Cuomo’s Tough Gun Control Laws. “Ms. Quinn gave a thumb’s up to the governor’s gun control plans as well as a whole host of his other proposals.” (Hunter Walker, “Mayor Bloomberg and Christine Quinn Praise Cuomo's State of the State,” New York Observer, 1/09/13)

Quinn Praised Andrew Cuomo’s Suggestion That New York Should Start Confiscating Guns. “Governor Andrew Cuomo told The New York Times that "confiscation could be an option" in order to get privately owned assault weapons out of circulation in New York… I think he raises a very valid point," Quinn said of Cuomo. "If tomorrow, the assault weapons ban went back in, you still have assault weapons out there. Guns like the one used in Connecticut, that should have just never been on the street. And I think it is an important thing for us to explore how we take those back off of the street so they don't just keep getting moved around between the hands of different bad guys and bad people and causing more lives to be lost." (Azi Paybarah, “Quinn on the merits of Cuomo’s gun proposal, and the N.R.A.'s,” Capital New York, 12/21/12)

Grimes Also Struggled To Explain Why She Was Promoting A Fundraiser With Warren Buffett

Grimes Sent Out A Fundraising Invitation Promoting A Conversation With Warren Buffett. “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, “Roundup: Dark-money PAC says it'll spend almost $1 million on ad attacking Grimes for backing 'amnesty',” Kentucky U.S. Senate Race, 9/17/14)

WHAS: Grimes Campaign “Drew Donors” By “Promoting An Appearance” By Warren Buffett. “the McConnell campaign blasted Grimes on Wednesday for her plans to attend a California fundraiser which drew donors with an invitation promoting an appearance by billionaire Warren Buffett via conference call. (Joe Arnold, “Grimes embraces Manchin endorsement, distances herself from Buffett,” WHAS, 9/18/14)

The Grimes Campaign Denied Warren Buffett Was Participating In A Fundraiser. “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 jobsGrimes spokesman Charly Norton said the claim is inaccurate: "Warren Buffett is not attending or participating in any event with Alison."  (Al Cross, “Roundup: Dark-money PAC says it'll spend almost $1 million on ad attacking Grimes for backing 'amnesty',” Kentucky U.S. Senate Race, 9/17/14)

The Grimes Campaign Then Blamed The Host. “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

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)

Last Twelve Polls Show Clear McConnell Lead

Gravis: McConnell +10 (McConnell, 51, Grimes, 41, 839RV, 9/16)

ccAdvertising: McConnell +9 (McConnell 42, Grimes 33, 2282, 9/15/14-9/16/14)

Magellan: McConnell +8 (McConnell 50, Grimes 42; 742LV 9/4-9/7)

CBS/NYT Poll: McConnell +5 (McConnell 47, Grimes 42; 2,130LV 8/18-9/2)

NBC/Marist Poll: McConnell +8 (McConnell 47, Grimes 39; 691LV 9/2-9/4)

POS: McConnell +5 (McConnell 47, Grimes 42; 600LV 9/1-9/3)

Rasmussen Poll: McConnell +5 (McConnell 46, Grimes 41; 750LV 9/1-9/2)

CNN Poll: McConnell +4 (McConnell 50, Grimes 46; 671LV 8/28-9/1)

Bluegrass Poll: McConnell +4 (McConnell 46, Grimes 42; 569LV 8/25-8/27)

PPP Poll: McConnell +4 (McConnell 44, Grimes 40; 991LV 8/7-8/10)

Bluegrass Poll: McConnell +2 (McConnell 47, Grimes 45; 604LV 7/18-7/23)

CBS/NYT Poll: McConnell +4 (McConnell 50, Grimes 46; 1,515LV 7/5-7/24)

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