Kentucky Democratic Party Loyalist Sentenced To Prison

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Jerry Lundergan, father of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, leaves the federal courthouse with his attorney Whitney True Lawson, in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, after pleading not guilty to making illegal campaign contributions to his daughter's 2014 U.S. Senate campaign. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky businessman and Democrat Party stalwart Jerry Lundergan was sentenced on Thursday to 21 months in prison for making illegal contributions to the failed U.S. Senate campaign of his daughter, former Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes.

Prosecutors said Lundergan, 73, orchestrated a scheme to funnel more than $200,000 in illegal contributions to Grimes’ 2014 campaign against Republican Mitch McConnell. They alleged he either paid for campaign services directly and didn’t seek reimbursement or paid costs through a co-defendant, Dale Emmons.

Lundergan was convicted in September after a monthlong trial. On Thursday, he was sentenced in federal court, while Emmons was sentenced to three years of probation, nine months of which will be served in a halfway house.

Lundergan was fined $150,000 and Emmons $50,000. Lundergan was found guilty of all 10 counts he faced and Emmons was convicted on all six of his counts.

The men are longtime friends and well-known political figures in Kentucky. Lundergan is an ex-state lawmaker and former state Democratic Party chairman. Emmons has worked on campaigns for offices from courthouses to Congress.

The two men broke “important laws that regulate the integrity of our elections,” Robert Duncan, U.S. Attorney for Kentucky’s eastern district, said in a news release Thursday.

Grimes finished her second and final term as secretary of state in January.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting. Happened in 2014. Hmmm, didn’t seem to bother the impeached unelected criminal Eric Holder or Adam Schiff. Interesting. And I thought under the transparent Obama administration everything was hunky-dori.

  2. I don’t think it’s safe right now for a 73 year old to enter prison.

    I also think we have a nerve to be sentencing old men to prison for these small crimes of illegally trying to help their own daughter . Meanwhile we do nothing about blacks knocking out cops , terrorising midtown Manhattan and smashing it , killing people all over ny etc ..

    We have a corrupt democracy where if you lock up the rich white old man for some petty crime , the prosecutor gets PR ,
    advances his career etc ..
    Yet real crimes that ordinary citizens are scared from, oh that’s not popular and bad PR so prosecutors look away .

    Perverted justice system

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