Grimes campaign launches official website, solicits donations

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Posted on July 5, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 5 at 4:16 PM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WHAS11) -- Five days after officially launching her U.S. Senate campaign, the Alison Lundergran Grimes camp launched their official website.

Alisonforky.com formally launched Friday. The homepage of the site is dedicated to donation information and encourages supporters to follow Grimes on social media outlets like twitter and facebook.

The Grimes' camp has been under fire since her announcement to run. The hastily arranged announcement started about a half-hour behind schedule with no signs to proclaim a U.S. Senate campaign, just a banner left over from her 2011 Secretary of State race.  In the bank of microphones before her, one was propped inside a roll of toilet paper.  Grimes had no active campaign website nor a facebook page Monday.  With no place for supporters to make campaign donations, some people asked on Internet message boards where they could send a contribution.

A Grimes' adviser, Jonathan Hurst, explained it would violate federal election law to launch a campaign website and take more than $5000 in donations before filing for the race with the U.S. Senate clerk.

The first U.S. Senate campaign website dedicated to Alison Lundergan Grimes launched earlier this week, but it's not connected to the Grimes' campaign.  Instead, a Republican group dedicated to rebuffing her bid to unseat five-term incumbent Mitch McConnell is behind the effort.

The first images seen by visitors to the GrimesForSenate.org website, paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, are photos of Grimes and President Barack Obama, bookending an "Alison Grimes Senate" logo. 

The NRSC site was launched within 48 hours of Grimes July 1 announcement.

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