McConnell Senate Rival Could Get Boost From Hollywood

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Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 03:57 PM

By Lisa Barron

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Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is expected to receive major donations from liberals in Hollywood wanting to play a role on the national political scene.

Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg told his network of Democratic donors in a recent e-mail that there's "no more important election being held next year in this country" than the Kentucky Senate race, reports The Hill.

"Katzenberg and [Steven] Spielberg and [Harvey] Weinstein, a lot of those people involved with Dream Works and other Hollywood production companies are gonna raise a lot of money for her," Kentucky Democratic operative Danny Briscoe told the publication.

"The motivation is, they wanna get rid of McConnell, and it's any port in the storm to do that. But there's gotta be a port."

Actress and activist Ashley Judd, who initially considered running against McConnell herself, has already come out and endorsed Lundergan Grimes.

The Democrat has also received the backing of singer and Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am, who will appear at a fundraiser for her on Sept. 20 at the Fort Mitchell, Ky. home of Nathan Smith, the former vice chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"will. i.am is a modern entertainer and fresh and is passionate about the country," said Smith. "I saw him when he did an event at the inauguration [of Obama]. He offered his assistance to the (Grimes) campaign."

Lundergan Grimes' campaign will reportedly release her first fundraising report in mid-October, which will be the first concrete measure of how much star power is actually behind her.


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