Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is getting more help from the party bigwigs in her race for the Senate.
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Michael BennetMichael BennetCruz: Precedent exists for keeping Supreme Court short-staffed Senate poll raises Republican hopes in Pennsylvania, Florida Podesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs MORE (D-Colo.) is again putting his fundraising muscle behind Lundergan Grimes by headlining a Florida event next month.
The fundraiser will benefit a joint fundraising committee for both Lundergan Grimes’s campaign and the DSCC.
It’s the second event Bennet is headlining for the Democrat, after hosting a reception for her at the home of former Colorado state Treasurer Cary Kennedy in October.
Lundergan Grimes is receiving active support from other big-name Democrats in her bid to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in what many Democrats see as their best pick-up opportunity this cycle.
They believe McConnell is more vulnerable than he’s ever been because of his persistent unpopularity in the state, and because he’s also facing a primary challenge from businessman Matt Bevin.
Former President Clinton is slated to headline a fundraiser for Lundergan Grimes at the end of February, and she’s also gotten help from big Hollywood donors like DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.
That fundraising support has helped her keep pace with McConnell in the money war since she launched her campaign. In her first quarter in the race she slightly outraised him, and last quarter she was near even, drawing $2.1 million to his $2.2 million.
McConnell still has a considerable cash on hand advantage, with $10.9 million in the bank at the end of December, while Lundergan Grimes had just under $3.5 million.
But the fundraising help from prominent Democrats has also been a bit of a headache for the candidate, as Republicans have sought to tie her each time to what they see as the too-liberal agenda of Democrats in Washington.
Indeed, Kentucky GOP spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper again knocked the candidate, declaring in an email the fundraiser was no surprise because she’s expected to be a “rubber stamp” for Democrats.
"Perhaps she's just taking a break from hobnobbing with Hollywood's liberal elite, but it's not exactly surprising that Alison Lundergan Grimes continues to jet set all over the country to fundraise with her Democrat allies and Obama pals, especially ones that are counting on her to be another rubber stamp for the liberal Reid and Obama agenda of ObamaCare, gun-control, and the war on coal — an agenda that hurts Kentucky,” she said.