McConnell Senate-Foe Grimes Gets Kentucky Super-PAC Help

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Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes, addresses the Kentucky County Judge Executive Association and the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association Joint Convention on July 18, 2013 in Louisville.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat seeking to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year, will get help from a super-political action committee that can accept donations in unlimited amounts.

The super-PAC, We Are Kentucky, filed organizing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission this week.

“We are a Kentucky-based super-PAC” that is interested in “helping Alison Grimes be elected to the United States Senate, and we’ll have more to say in the coming weeks,” Bill May, a Lexington lawyer who’s treasurer of the super-PAC, told Political Capital today.

Given McConnell’s high profile as the top-ranking Republican senator, next year’s Senate election in Kentucky will be among the most closely-watched and expensive races in the nation. McConnell is seeking a sixth six-year term.

McConnell began July with $9.6 million in campaign cash-on-hand, most of any senator up for re-election next year. Grimes hasn’t filed any fundraising reports because she announced her candidacy just this month.

Outside groups already are active in an election that’s more than 15 months away.

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a pro-McConnell super-PAC, already has spent more than $560,000 attacking Grimes. Senate Majority PAC, a super-PAC working to defend the Democrats’ 54-46 Senate majority, has spent more than $283,000 attacking McConnell.

McConnell also faces a primary challenge from from Matt Bevin, an investment adviser and first-time political candidate.

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