FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) – A lawyer for Jerry Lundergan released a statement regarding his client’s indictment on campaign fraud charges relating to the 2014 U.S. Senate campaign of daughter Alison L. Grimes.
The office of J. Guthrie True issued the following statement:
Today a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Jerry Lundergan alleging violations of the federal campaign finance laws. The charges arise from allegations related to the 2014 race for the United States Senate. In that race, Mr. Lundergan’s daughter, Alison Lundergan Grimes, opposed Mitch McConnell, the current Senate Majority Leader.
Mr. Lundergan and his family are greatly disappointed by the ill-advised decision of the United States Department of Justice to bring these charges. This indictment is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law. It is no secret that Mr. Lundergan supported his daughter’s bid for higher public service, but his efforts were always within the law.
Contrary to the allegations in the indictment, Mr. Lundergan did not cause illegal corporate contributions to be made to his daughter’s campaign; nor did he cause his daughter’s campaign to file false campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission. Every effort was made to properly account for and accurately invoice services provided to the campaign by Mr. Lundergan’s companies and their vendors. Likewise, payments made to Dale Emmons – a long-time friend and business associate of Mr. Lundergan’s – were not made on behalf of the campaign and the evidence at trial will show as much.
The coordinated campaign efforts raised more than $25 million from thousands of Kentuckians and supporters across the nation. The campaign didn’t need or seek any extra help from Jerry Lundergan or his family-run business. The government’s allegations are misguided, and the evidence will confirm that Jerry Lundergan is innocent of all charges.