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Get Ready For More Outside-Funded Campaign Ads

The National Rifle Association is only one of the outside groups hoping to sway voters in Kentucky’s much-watched Senate race.

Though the gun rights group's  latest ad has dominated the airwaves in late September, another national organization is preparing a media blitz to defeat Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in October.

The next organization you’re likely to hear from is Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies, which plans to shell out $1.2M in the last full month before the election.

In a statement, Grimes spokesperson Charly Norton said McConnell “clearly relies on out-of-state donations from millionaires and billionaires to enable his campaign’s false and misleading attack ads.”

Meanwhile, the McConnell campaign has pointed to the financial backing Grimes has received from liberal Hollywood supporters such as producer Jeffrey Katzenberg.

According to a Courier-Journal analysis of $37 million in identified contributions to the two candidates so far, roughly 85 percent has come from outside Kentucky. Some analysts have predicted Kentucky's Senate contest could go down as the most expensive in history.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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