Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is running against Mitch McConnell for the U.S. Senate, is involved in two businesses that did not meet the annual July 1 reporting deadline. Reporting by the prescribed deadline is required by her state office. Grimes owns part of one of the businesses, Glenncase.
The two businesses, Glenncase and GCL Properties, have only one officer listed: former state Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Lundergan, who just happens to be Grimes’ father.
Lundergan took the blame for the tardy report: “We have 10 or so different corporations. It was an oversight these two had not filed on time, so I immediately took care of them, correcting the oversight.” He stated that Grimes “didn’t treat me any differently” than she treated other business owners.
On June 20, Grimes issued a news release to remind Kentucky businesses of the July 1 deadline for the report and $15 fee. On July 9, Glenncase and GCL Properties were listed in bad standing with the state. After the Herald-Leader contacted Lundergan and Grimes’ office about the bad standing of the two businesses, the companies were suddenly listed in good standing.
Scott Jennings, a senior adviser with the conservative political action committee Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, commented, “This unforced error shows a lack of understanding of her personal business operations and of her current elected office, and calls into question her ability to effectively represent Kentucky in the U.S. Senate.”