Judge orders Kentucky Democratic Party stalwart to prison

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A former Kentucky Democratic Party chair must report to prison next month on campaign finance charges, a federal judge ruled.

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The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Wednesday that US District Judge Gregory F. Van Tetenhove ordered Jerry Lundergan to go to prison on November 30, when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the 74-year-old’s sentence and rejected a motion to suspend the verdict. . He was allowed to remain free while appealing.

A jury in September 2019 convicted Lundergan and political adviser Dale Emmons of conspiring to illegally contribute more than $200,000 to his daughter’s 2014 US Senate campaign from a company owned by Lundergan. Kentucky Secretary of State from 2012 to 2020 Alison Lundergan Grimes lost in race to Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell

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Van Tetenhove sentenced Lundergan to spend 21 months in prison and pay a fine of $150,000 in July 2020.

Lawyer for businessman and former state representative, J.J. Guthrie True told the Herald-Leader that his client would report in prison next month, but would also continue his appeal to the US Supreme Court.

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A court document shows that if the High Court accepts his case, Lundergan would argue that banning corporate communications violated his First Amendment rights because he contributed to a close family member.

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Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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