A federal trial is set to begin for the father of Kentucky's secretary of state on charges that he made illegal contributions to his daughter's unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign in 2014. Prosecutors allege that Jerry Lundergan hired consultants and vendors to work for his daughter's campaign, but he paid for them out of his business account and didn't ask for reimbursement from the campaign. Federal authorities say that amounted to an improper campaign contribution.
Lundergan's daughter is Alison Lundergan Grimes. She lost to Republican Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Senate campaign. She has called the charges politically motivated and predicted her father will be vindicated.
Jerry Lundergan has been a fixture in Kentucky Democratic politics for decades. He's a former state lawmaker and formerly served as chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party.