The Federal Election Commission says the re-election campaign of Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell accepted “apparent excessive contributions” from a dozen individuals and seven political action committees. The claims were made in a preliminary review of the campaign’s disclosure report covering the months of July, August, and September.
The Courier-Journal reports the FEC has told the McConnell campaign that the contributions in question appear to exceed the legal limits.
Under campaign finance law, an individual can give up to $2,600 per election, meaning a person could actually give $5,200 to campaign, with half designated for the primary, and the other half going to the general election.
In each of the dozen cases involving individuals cited by the FEC, the contributors gave the McConnell campaign multiple donations dating back as far as 2009. The most recent donations made last quarter pushed those contributors over the legal limit.
Some of the political action committees cited by the FEC as having made excessive donations include those run by the American Health Care Association, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and Clear Channel.
You can read the FEC letter sent to the McConnell re-election campaign here.
A Franklin Circuit Court Judge will order depositions in a lawsuit against a Kentucky lawmaker.
Judge Thomas Wingate will order Rep. Will Coursey, a Democrat from Symsonia, to provide a deposition in the suit brought against him by Nicole Cusic.
Cusic is an employee of the Legislative Research Commission who has alleged Coursey and former LRC director Bobby Sherman retaliated against her after she complained to her superiors that Coursey was allegedly behaving inappropriately with female interns.
Coursey has filed a counter-motion. It accuses Cusic of slander and defamation. Attorneys are waiting to see if it will be added to this case.
A candidate for state senate in south central Kentucky has withdrawn from the race less than a week after announcing his bid.
Troy Brooks had filed to run against Senator Mike Wilson of Bowling Green in the Republican primary. That was last Monday, and by Friday, he had withdrawn from the race. His past was likely the reason.
The Daily News first reported that the former attorney, now businessman, was indicted in 2005 on charges of theft and disbarred in Tennessee. The case arose from the misappropriation of about $185,000 from clients. Brooks did not return multiple calls from WKU Public Radio.
According to a 2008 judgment from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, Brooks pleaded guilty to four charges of theft over $10,000, while some other charges were dismissed. Brooks, however, told the newspaper he did not plead guilty and that his record was expunged. He explained that the charges were not the result of theft, but misunderstandings and disputes over fees.
“Our Republican Party does not need a hard fought or potentially divisive primary,” Brooks stated in a news release. “I will be supporting Senator Mike Wilson in his re-election efforts.”
Former Senate President David Williams has filed candidacy papers to seek election to the judicial seat Gov. Steve Beshear appointed him to last year.
Williams, a Republican, filed the papers last week.
Beshear, a Democratic, appointed Williams circuit judge in the 40th District of southern Kentucky in October 2012 even though the two had been longtime political rivals.
Williams regularly opposed Beshear's legislative initiatives and challenged him for governor in 2011 in a vitriolic race that reflected an intense dislike for each other.
Beshear has a history of appointing Republicans to more lucrative government positions to get them out of the Legislature. He previously appointed Senate GOP Floor Leader Dan Kelly circuit judge and named Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Charlie Borders to the Public Service Commission.
An upcoming special election for state representative in the Daviess County region is causing confusion partly due to recent legislative redistricting.
Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce President Amy Jackson told the Messenger-Inquirer that many people aren't sure whether they can vote in the Dec. 10 election. The chamber is heading up a drive encouraging people to cast ballots.
The Daviess County Clerk's office recently drew new borders in 17 of the 20 local districts and sent out cards to affected voters, but Jackson says there's still confusion about who can vote.
Voters will chose between Republican Suzanne Miles of Owensboro and Democrat Kim Humphrey of Morganfield. They are running to fill the 7th district House seat, formerly held by Democrat John Arnold of Sturgis, who stepped down after being accused of sexual harassment.
The seat covers Union and parts of Daviess and Henderson counties.