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Democrat Jack Conway has significantly increased his TV ad spending in the final month of his campaign for governor.

Conway's campaign has spent $2.5 million to air more than 7,000 TV ads through Monday according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. Republican Matt Bevin has spent $1.3 million to air more than 4,500 ads.

That's up about $200,000 for Bevin from two weeks ago, but Conway's total jumped by about $800,000 in that time.

The data doesn't include radio, online or direct mail ads or TV ads aired on local cable systems. The estimates also don't include production costs.

Conway has $2.3 million in cash available to spend according to the latest disclosure reports. Bevin has more than $674,000 available, most coming from his personal wealth.

Candidates for Kentucky governor squared off at a forum hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Thursday, the first public appearance in which the two men directly responded to one another.

The most heated exchange occurred when Conway accused Bevin of wanting to kick 500,000 people off of health insurance, calling him “callous.”

“If we can’t afford something we can potentially scale back but I am not going to kick a half million people off of health insurance on day one," said Conway

Bevin said he wouldn’t kick people off insurance, but rather do away with the state-run health insurance exchange, Kynect, and move recipients onto the federal exchange. He also stated he would eliminate the state’s expansion of Medicaid.

More than 521,000 people signed up for Kynect in the first year of enrollment—and about two-thirds of those enrolled through the Medicaid expansion.

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Democrat Jack Conway has officially filed to run for governor.  The Attorney General filed candidacy papers with the Secretary of State's office Monday morning.

Conway announced his candidacy several months ago and has raised more than$1.3 million. But today’s filing officially puts him on the ballot for the May 19 Democratic primary. 

Conway is the second person to file for Kentucky governor.  Former congressional candidate Geoff Young filed in December. It's unclear if other top Democrats will challenge Conway for the nomination. House Majority  Floor Leader Rocky Adkins is considering a run but has not made a decision.

Candidates have until Jan. 27 to file for the race. At least three Republicans have said they will run, but none has filed yet.

Election Fraud Hotline to be Open Election Night

Oct 30, 2014

The Kentucky Attorney General's office says an election fraud hotline will be available again on election night next Tuesday to help combat voter fraud.

Attorney General Jack Conway says Kentuckians who witness election irregularities or possible election law violations are urged to call the hotline at 1-800-328-8683.

Conway calls the hotline an important tool to ensure honest and fair elections in the state. He says his office received 205 calls from more than 60 counties on the hotline during this year's primary election. During the 2012 general election there were 183 calls to the hotline from nearly 60 counties.

Investigators from the Attorney General's office will also be patrolling preceincts and polling places across the state during Tuesday's general election.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is again warning of a scam. But this time, it’s school districts, not individual consumers who are being targeted.  

Conway says a Kentucky school and at least one in Indiana are among several nationwide that have received book invoices for hundreds of dollars from a company calling itself “Scholastic School Supply”.  A press release from the Kentucky attorney general's office indicates the company in question should not be confused with Scholastic, Inc. an established company that calls the scammers actions a “fraudulent” use of its name and trademark.

Since August, the Better Business Bureau says it has received 90 complaints from 27 states related to the scam.  

Kentucky’s Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says it’s unfortunate that schools “now have to contend with scam artists who seek to undermine their work and the progress of Kentucky’s children.”

KRS To Receive $23 Million From BOA Settlement

Aug 21, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a $16.6 billion settlement between six states’ attorneys general and Bank of America Thursday over fraudulent mortgage-backed securities that fueled the 2008 financial crash. The settlement  includes $23 million for investments made by the Kentucky Retirement System.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced the details of Kentucky's share of the settlement in a conference call from Washington.

He said the state will recoup $23 million toward $21.6 million in losses incurred by KRS over fraudulent securities that the pension's investment team purchased from BofA and its subsidiaries.

"Classic securities fraud 101. In essence, that Bank of America entities knew that they were packaging subprime mortgages into the securities that they were marketing yet were not informing investors about the risk inherent in the securities they were selling," said Conway.

Attorneys General from Kentucky, Indiana and 10 other states are suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency over proposed greenhouse gas regulations.

The EPA has been required to regulate greenhouse gases—like carbon dioxide—since 2007, when the Supreme Court determined the gases posed a danger to human health. The lawsuit filed in the D.C. Court of Appeals on Friday takes issue with the way the EPA has proposed the regulations.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway joined the suit without input from the Beshear Administration’s Energy and Environment Cabinet. Conway referenced the lawsuit in his Fancy Farm speech over the weekend.

"In fact, you’re looking at the only Democratic Attorney General in the country who is standing up for our coal and our low electricity rates by suing the EPA over whether they even have the authority to implement these new rules," Conway said to the crowd Saturday.

Under the proposed regulation, Kentucky will have to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 18 percent, and Indiana by 20 percent. But the way the emissions reductions are reached is left primarily up to the states.

A Muhlenberg County woman has been indicted on multiple charges, including murder, in connection with the death of her ex-husband last month. 

Attorney General Jack Conway says 61-year-old Central City resident Brenda Hardin will be arraigned in court on Wednesday.  She’s accused of fatally shooting her husband, 64-year-old Ronnie Hardin. He was found July 7 in the outbuilding of his former home. 

Conway’s office also says Ms. Hardin is also charged with tampering with physical evidence, after they say she moved her former husband’s truck.

Attorney General Encourages Public To Report Any Voter Fraud

May 19, 2014
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Federal and state law enforcement agencies are looking to the general public to report improper electioneering and voter fraud Tuesday as Kentucky voters go to the polls for a primary election.

Attorney General Jack Conway admits the anticipated low voter participation in this primary increases the chances of fraud. 

"In a low turnout with a lot of local elections, that's where you tend to see a lot of the corruption problems.  That's where those of us in law enforcement who are monitoring elections need to be the most vigilant," said Conway.

Conway says his office has a team of investigators who work with both U.S. Attorney's Offices, Kentucky State Police and local law enforcement.  Once a tip comes in, the AG says teams go to the site as soon as possible.   

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Gov. Steve Beshear says his appeal of a judge's order to recognize same-sex marriages is meant to clarify the law. Beshear acknowledges that marriage equality supporters are disappointed with his decision to mount an appeal, even though Attorney General Jack Conway has opted not to.

Beshear says the appeal is needed to get the matter settled as quickly as possible and without Conway on the case, Beshear has sent out a request for proposals for attorneys to handle the state’s appeal.

While he refuses to state his personal opinion on gay marriage, Beshear contends that an appeal is the quickest way to get the matter settled, and that he and Conway simply reached different conclusions.

“We had a lot of conversations about this issue, and as I said, he wrestled with it, and I wrestled with it,” said Beshear.  “We ended up coming to different conclusions. And I respect the decision he made, and I think he respects mine.”

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Gov. Steve Beshear's son has filed paperwork with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance to begin raising money for his candidacy for attorney general.

Andy Beshear, a Louisville attorney, filed the paperwork on Thursday. He becomes the first Democrat to formally announce his candidacy in an election that's still two years away.

The younger Beshear said in a statement that, if elected, he would work to make Kentucky safe and prosperous.

The current attorney general, Louisville Democrat Jack Conway, is nearly half way through his second four-year term. Because of a two-term limit, Conway can't seek re-election. He instead is considering a run for governor.

Andy Beshear is seeking a job once held by his father, who was attorney general from 1980-1983. Steve Beshear has been governor since 2007.

Kentucky’s attorney general is supporting federal legislation to curb recruiting abuses by for-profit colleges.

Jack Conway and 13 attorneys general are supporting the Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act sponsored by Sen. Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA).

The bill restricts colleges and universities from using federal financial aid for recruitment, advertising, and marketing purposes. 

"I support higher education and students who seek a degree to create a better life for their families, but many times I see those dreams turn to nightmares when students fall prey to a fast sales pitch from a for-profit college with a questionable reputation," Conway said. "The students end up with tens of thousands of dollars in debt and no degree."

More than $55.5 million in relief has gone to hundreds of Kentucky homeowners in the national mortgage foreclosure settlement.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said in a statement that a recent report from the independent settlement monitor also indicates that mortgage servicers were processing more than $2 million in additional claims for Kentucky borrowers, for a total of $57.5 million.

The statement said the 1,562 borrowers received an average of $35,534. The relief was provided by Ally/GMAC/Bank of America, Citi, Chase and Wells Fargo through Dec. 31.

Conway's office said the information provided by mortgage servicers hasn't been verified by the compliance monitor.

A former financial planner for the Kentucky Pension Systems says an international banking scandal is leading to millions of dollars in losses for Kentucky agencies. Financial analyst Chris Tobe believes the pension systems have lost money due to the false interest rates associated with the LIBOR banking scandal.