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Group hits Grimes on coal, Obama

Associated Press

FRANKFORT - A new ad from an independent political group is giving voters a peek of the unrelenting barrage of negative ads linking likely Democratic Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes with the as-unpopular-as-ever President Barack Obama.

"Obamacare. The war on coal. That's Obama's agenda. And Alison Grimes supports Obama," a female narrator says in the 30-second ad. "Now (Obama's) lieutenants are financing her campaign because Obama needs another vote in the Senate. And with Alison Grimes, that's what he'll get."

The ad - which cost $552,000 - began running on Friday and will continue through Kentucky's May 20 primaries.

It is paid for by the Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, an independent political action committee run by Scott Jennings, a former adviser to President George W. Bush.

Of the $3.3 million the group has raised, just $172,000 has come from Kentucky addresses. Most of that - $125,000 - is from health insurance giant Humana founder David A. Jones Sr.

The Grimes campaign said its likely rival, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, has not done enough to protect coal country jobs.

"Alison Lundergan Grimes will oppose anyone who undermines our coal industry, and that includes the failed leadership of Mitch McConnell," Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton said. "Alison is the only candidate in this race with a plan to protect coal jobs while diversifying our economy to attract new businesses that can create jobs here in the commonwealth."

The anti-Grimes ad comes as another independent group, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is airing a TV ad statewide in support of McConnell. The Chamber formally endorsed McConnell in March and pledged to spend more money on McConnell's race than in any other race in the country.

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