McGrath campaign: FBI Affidavit Ties McConnell Ally to Political Corruption Scheme

McConnell paid Lycan over $20,000 in 2014 during re-election bid

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A new FBI affidavit ties Sen. Mitch McConnell’s political ally and former staffer to a $60 million corruption scheme. This latest scandal is another consequence of McConnell’s efforts to encourage corporations to buy politicians and ensure dark money can continue to rule politics.

Kentucky attorney Eric Lycan, who worked to get McConnell elected in 2014, played a key role in an illegal scheme to buy political power and used the scheme to enrich himself.

“It is unsurprising that McConnell’s associate—his former campaign general counsel, whom he paid over $20,000—was involved in illegal, corrupt political dealings,” said campaign spokesperson Terry Sebastian. “McConnell has spent his 36 years in the Senate painstakingly fighting to allow corporations to buy politicians with unlimited campaign contributions and keep it hidden from the public. He’s created a breeding ground for corruption and self-dealing, and this is the result.”

Retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath, who is running for U.S. Senate against McConnell, has made campaign reform and getting dark money out of politics central to her legislative platform. 

“Mitch McConnell isn’t just another D.C. insider. He is the architect of everything wrong with Washington,” Sebastian said. “ Eric Lycan was paid by Mitch, built a political PAC that supported Mitch, and donated to his campaign. It’s just more proof of how Mitch favors big money over everyday Kentuckians.” 

McGrath’s plan to clean up Washington includes limiting unrestricted dark money and increasing transparency around who is funding campaigns, ending Citizens United and implementing term limits. 

McConnell paid Lycan over $20,000 in 2014 during re-election bid