Kentucky Senate Race 2014

In 2014, James O’Keefe and Project Veritas went undercover in the Kentucky Senate race between Allison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell. While undercover O’Keefe and Veritas journalists spoke with multiple campaign workers and former statewide elected officials who stated that Alison Grimes was lying about her support for the coal industry. Investigators secretly recorded video at Grimes’s fundraising event attended by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, real estate tycoon Niko Elmaleh, and New York Knicks owner James Dolan at a swanky NY restaurant. These key donors repeated the claims of campaign workers, saying Grimes will “f***” coal workers the moment she’s elected.

Grimes’ campaign workers: "It's a lying game”

Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Grimes has vehemently and repeatedly claimed to oppose President Obama’s coal and environmental policies in what has become an increasingly significant campaign issue. A team of investigative journalists, led by Project Veritas Action’s founder James O’Keefe, went undercover in multiple Grimes campaign offices to determine if her opposition to the core principles of her own political party is genuine or an intentional deception.

Top Grimes donor: “She’s going to f**k ‘em as soon as she gets elected”

Part Two of investigative report where chorus of campaign workers insist that Senate candidate Alison Grimes deceives voters about her energy policy. Investigators secretly record video at Grimes fundraising event attended by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, real estate tycoon Niko Elmaleh and New York Knicks owner James Dolan at a swanky NY restaurant. She will do what she has to do to get elected then “f**k” the coal industry, says the major donor.


Alison Grimes lost the election to incumbent Mitch McConnell

As a result of O’Keefe’s investigation, Allison Grimes ended up being behind McConnell for the rest of the race.


Results within the media

Sean Hannity called the video “a game changer” in Kentucky, and the video forced Grimes to address issues with the media, which lead to the media questioning whether she voted for Obama or not. Mitch McConnell also used the Veritas footage in his campaign commercial.


Media Coverage

"Coal Miners Rally Against Obama EPA, Silent On Grimes"
"Alison Grimes Donor On Coal: She's going to F**k Them"
"Grimes Staffers Caught on Camera Admitting She’s ‘Lying’ about Support for Coal"
"Activists take on Alison Lundergan Grimes’ coal stance with ‘tracking’ video"
"Grimes Staff Caught on Hidden Camera: She’s Lying About Support for Coal Industry"
"James O’Keefe to Alison Grimes: “Yes,” Another Shoe Is About to Drop
"James O'Keefe Exposes Grimes As A Fraud Regarding Coal Beliefs"
"James O'Keefe Brings His Dishonest, Doctored Videos To The World Of Political Campaigns"
"Alison Grimes and coal – The Lying Game?"
"O’Keefe Strikes Again! Senate Campaign For Democrat Alison Grimes Admits She’s Lying To Get Elected!"
"Kentucky Senate Candidate's Tough Talk on Obama's Destructive Energy Policy is a Lie. Here's Proof."
"McConnell Opponent's Staff Says She's Lying"
"What Alison Lundergan Grimes really thinks about the coal industry"
"Project Veritas: Alison Lundergan Grimes lies to her constituents about her support for coal"

"Second undercover video surfaces of Grimes backer disparaging coal"
"Alison Lundergan Grimes: Is Mitch McConnel Opponent Faking Her Support For The Coal Industry?"
"James O'Keefe: Grimes Needs to Come Clean on Coal"
"No Proof of ‘Lying’"
"Lying Scumbag James O’Keefe Returns With Predictably Dishonest Hit Piece On Alison Grimes"