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2010 Elections competitive races • POSTED - 05.17.10 BY Lisa Chiu

Kentucky Senate Contenders Hope to Follow in the Hooves of Super Saver


The candidates for the Kentucky Senate seat to be vacated by Sen. Jim Bunning are campaigning down to the wire a day ahead of the Kentucky primary on Tuesday.

On the Republican side, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and ophthalmologist Rand Paul, have raised about $2.7 million each, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Grayson has about $820,000 remaining, while Rand Paul, the son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, has about $169,000.

Grayson has the support of Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky’s other Senator and the top Senate Republican, as well as former 2008 presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. Meanwhile, Paul has the support of tea party activists, former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and Sen. Jim Bunning, who announced in July 2009 that he was dropping out of the race due to difficulties raising funds and conflicts with McConnell.

On the Democratic side, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Kentucky Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo are duking it out. Conway has the most funding at more than $2.6 million, while Mongiardo has raised about $2 million.

Party Time has three fundraisers for Republican candidate Trey Grayson on file. The latest was a breakfast in late February at the lobbying firm DC Navigators with McConnell as a special guest. For $1,000 a political action committee could attend and for $500 an individual could participate.

McConnell has also stumped for Grayson in November 2009, at a fundraising lunch hosted by lobbyists including Charlie Grizzle, who represents the East Kentucky Power Cooperative and the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, among others. Also hosting the event was lobbyist Brandon Kirkham, who represents Marathon Oil, and lobbyist Todd Walker, who represents Altria Client Services Inc., the parent company of Phillip Morris USA. For $1,000 a political action committee could attend the event, and for $500 an individual could attend.

Grayson also had the backing of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, at a fundraising dinner at Johnny’s Half Shell also in November 2009. One of the event hosts was the Pfizer Political Action Committee.

There are no fundraisers on file for the other candidates, but that doesnt mean they aren’t happening. If you know of one please consider uploading it to us anonymously here.

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Beneficiary: congressional candidate, lawmaker, or entity which collects funds raised at party

Host: person who is hosting party-often, but not always, a registered federal lobbyist

Venue Name: where the party is

Entertainment Type: type of gathering, such as "breakfast," "ski trip," "bowling"

Other Lawmakers Mentioned: lawmakers mentioned on invitation who are used as a draw for the event

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