USA Today: Veteran Kentucky Democratic strategist Jerry Lundergan was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury on allegations that he made illegal donations to his daughter’s 2014 U.S. Senate race and tried to cover them up.
Federal court records show Lundergan and longtime political operative Dale Emmons are being charged for donations to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign.
The indictment shows the two are accused of making illegal corporate contributions of more than $25,000 to Grimes in her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Lundergan and Emmons “knowingly and voluntarily conspired with each other, and other, known and unknown to the grand jury, to commit … offenses against the United States,” said the indictment filed in U.S. District Court.
The Kentucky Republican Party pounced on the news, saying it represents, “the most egregious campaign finance crime in the history of the commonwealth.” It also pointed out that Grimes was serving as the state’s chief elections officer at the time the allegations occurred.
“Between this week’s revelations at the State Board of Elections and today’s indictment, it is clear Secretary Grimes has absolutely no regard for the laws governing our elections that she was elected to uphold,” GOP spokesman Tres Watson said in a statement.