02/10/2014 05:22 pm ET Updated Feb 10, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Criticized By Kentucky GOP Over Donation From Woody Allen

Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), is being criticized by Kentucky's Republican Party over a donation she received from filmmaker Woody Allen.

Grimes received a $500 contribution from Allen on Sept. 26, Politico reports.

Allen has been accused of sexual assault by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, who gave her first public account of abuse in an open letter printed in the New York Times on Feb. 1. Allen responded with his own piece in the Times, denying the claims.

Kelsey Cooper, spokeswoman for the Kentucky GOP, condemned Grimes for associating with Allen.

"It's just another instance of someone accused of mistreating women publicly supporting her campaign," Cooper said, according to WFPL.

Cooper said the state's GOP is also asking Grimes to return a donation from former Kentucky state Rep. John Arnold (D), who resigned in September amid sexual harassment allegations.

"We are asking for Alison Lundergan Grimes to return that donation. If she really cares about standing up for Kentucky women she should do that," Cooper said, according to WFPL. "And if she doesn't we can only assume either she condones sexual harassment and disgustingly inappropriate behavior in the workplace or she's more concerned with her liberal allies campaign cash than the women of Kentucky."

One of the first nonpartisan polls released on the Kentucky Senate race showed Grimes with a slim advantage over McConnell.



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