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KY GOP files complaint against Lundergan Grimes

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Republican Party of Kentucky has submitted a complaint to the Federal Election Commission alleging Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes accepted prohibited campaign donations from her father's company.

The complaint alleges Signature Special Event Services, which is owned by Jerry Lundergan, purchased a touring bus and then leased it to Grimes campaign at below market rates.

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Federal law bars companies from giving gifts to campaigns.

A spokeswoman for the Grimes campaign called the complaint a political stunt and that her compliance experts have done due diligence and stand by the rental agreement the campaign made. Charly Norton, the spokeswoman, didn't respond to an email seeking a copy of the bus contract.

The Kentucky Democratic Party followed with plans to file its own complaint against Sen. Mitch McConnell.

[VIEW: KDP request to investigate whether Sen. McConnell violated ethic rules, federal law]

McConnell's political action committee received $10,000 from the CEO of Delta Airlines one week after he took the executive to breakfast in the Senate Dining Room, the National Journal reported earlier this week.

“These reports are serious, erode the public trust, and if true, his actions could be illegal,” Kentucky Democratic Party chairman Dan Logsdon said in a statement.

[VIEW: RPK complaint claiming Grimes violated FECA, FEC regulations]

The McConnell campaign denied the senator had solicited donations in the U.S. Capitol.

“It's beyond insulting to Kentuckians for the Grimes camp to try to divert attention away from an extremely serious campaign finance violation with a frivolous complaint,” said Allison Moore, a spokeswoman for McConnell.

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