Duration 1:54‘That’s just wrong.’ Attorney for Jerry Lundergan says charges are politically motivated.
A federal jury found two longtime Democratic operatives guilty Thursday of funneling illegal corporate campaign contributions into Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ 2014 U.S. Senate campaign, delivering another blow to a significantly weakened Kentucky Democratic Party.
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The jury convicted former Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Lundergan, the father of Grimes, on 10 charges and Democratic political consultant Dale Emmons on 6 charges after federal prosecutors alleged they had a “concerted scheme” to funnel more than $200,000 into Grimes’ election efforts without seeking reimbursement from the campaign.
The most serious charges could each carry a maximum of 20 years in prison for each man. As the clerk read the verdict, someone among Lundergan’s supporters let out a soft cry.
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J. Guthrie True, Lundergan’s attorney, said the defendants were “disappointed” by the verdict but knew they were taking a chance by taking the case to a jury. True said the verdict will be appealed.
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“We would intend to take this appeal as high as possible,” True said.
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The verdict, which the jury reached in less than 2.5 hours, delivers a blow to the political future of Grimes, who was once seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, although no evidence was presented that suggested Grimes knew about the illegal contributions.
It also wounds two Democratic Party stalwarts who have had a hand in campaigns since at least the ‘70s. Lundergan served two terms as chairman of the state party and built up control over a faction of the party. Emmons had worked on hundreds of campaigns from the state House to the U.S. Senate.
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The verdict caused Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat, to appoint a commonwealth’s attorney to investigate potential state campaign...
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