As Mitch McConnell closed out a comfortable primary victory over his conservative opponent, the Senate Minority Leader’s largest benefactor had already turned its attention to the next electoral hurdle, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Kentuckians for Strong Leadership — a super PAC that has spent more money than any other outside group in the race — launched a new ad with a familiar theme, tying Grimes to President Barack Obama and the Hollywood Democrats who have supported her campaign.
The $560,000 ad buy came just one day after the primary election.
Grimes’ campaign has made multiple fundraising pit stops in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter noted that the Democratic hopeful was fêted by DreamWorks Animation executive — and major Democratic donor — Jeffrey Katzenberg at the Los Angeles home of talent agent Steve Lafferty in January. Pop star Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas co-hosted a fundraiser in Kentucky last September.
In March, Grimes attended a Chicago fundraiser with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former Chief of Staff and the current mayor of the Windy City.
In the recently released ad, a narrator tells viewers: “Where’s Alison Grimes on the issues? Just look at her friends.” The female voiceover links Grimes to Obama’s “liberal agenda that’s hurting Kentucky.”
As the Louisville Courier-Journal reported, while Kentuckians for Strong Leadership has been one of the most vocal players in the crucial Senate race, most of its dollars come from outside the Bluegrass State. As of the most recent disclosure to the Federal Election Commission, just 5 percent of the group’s $3.3 million in itemized receipts have come from Kentuckians.