A campaign finance expert says it doesn’t appear that former Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover violated any laws when he secretly settled a sexual harassment complaint.
A whistleblower lawsuit filed this week by a staffer for the House Republican Caucus claims Hoover used funds from campaign donors to settle with his accuser and to keep the matter out of court.
John Steffen, executive director of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, says there’s a difference between campaign funds and campaign donors.
"If it's money contributed to his campaign, then that wouldn't be something he could use the money for," Steffen told WKU Public Radio. "However, if an individual that's a typical donor to his campaign was to give him money just outright, that's outside the scope of campaign finance laws."