LEXINGTON (AP) — An attorney for the father of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says a federal grand jury has subpoenaed him and two of his businesses for records relating to his daughter’s political campaigns.
Grimes, a Democrat, was re-elected in November. She lost a high-profile race for the U.S. Senate against Republican Mitch McConnell in 2014. Her father, Jerry Lundergan, a former state representative and former chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party, has been heavily involved in her campaigns.
Lundergan’s attorney, Guthrie True, said the subpoenas were issued last week. Grimes’ attorneys, David Guarnieri and Jason Blandford, confirmed the U.S. attorney’s office has requested “certain documents” from Grimes’ campaigns, but they did not say whether it was a subpoena from a grand jury.
U.S. attorney spokesman Kyle Edelen said he could not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.
“Secretary Grimes is not the target of any inquiry, and this information is being requested of her because she was the candidate in those campaigns,” Guarnieri and Blandford said in a statement.
True, however, said the subpoenas issued to Lundergan “indicate that the inquiry relates to the political campaigns of his daughter.”
“There is no indication that Mr. Lundergan is the subject of any inquiry,” True said in a statement.
Grimes raised $18.9 million for her U.S. Senate campaign in 2014. Some of her contributions came from companies her father owns. She raised more than $762,000 for her re-election campaign in 2015.
In 2014, McConnell’s campaign accused Grimes of accepting illegal campaign gifts from Lundergan’s company, saying it paid the company below market rate to rent a bus for her campaign. Grimes denied the allegations, saying her campaign followed the law.
Grimes’ attorneys did not comment on the nature or scope of the request but said Grimes “is proud of the races she has run and she has great confidence in the integrity and the skill of the members of her campaigns who worked tirelessly to ensure compliance with all campaign rules and regulations.”
True noted that the subpoenas do not request Lundergan to appear before the grand jury. He said Lundergan and his businesses “made every effort to properly account for any contributions or services provided Alison’s campaigns. We are confident that any investigation would confirm as much.”
The news was first reported by The Courier-Journal in Louisville.