Allison Moore, spokeswoman for the McConnell campaign, noted Grimes hired fundraising consultants who helped Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren break several fundraising records.
“Alison Lundergan Grimes had the red carpet rolled out for her in front of the national liberal elite in places like Hollywood, Martha’s Vineyard and Las Vegas and still came up far short of the $7 million first quarter benchmark set by her own professional fundraising team,” Moore said.
Moore said it’s “clear that Alison Lundergan Grimes is not as popular as she’d hoped to be among Democrat donors.”
But Hurst said Grimes’ report indicates 13,327 unique contributors, more than twice McConnell’s, and that more than 11,000 contributions were for amounts less than $50. He said Grimes received contributions from all 120 Kentucky counties and from all 50 states.
Hurst said Grimes banked $2 million of the total haul.
“The record-breaking showing speaks to the overwhelming grassroots momentum behind Alison’s campaign and the fact that people across the political spectrum are tired of Mitch McConnell’s out-of-touch, failed leadership,” Hurst said.
Both McConnell and Grimes have relied heavily on out-of-state fundraisers while criticizing the other for doing so.
Ronnie Ellis writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at email@example.com. Follow CNHI News Service stories on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cnhifrankfort.