Beshear Faces Fundraising Complaints

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A whistle-blower is alleging his colleagues in the Department of Juvenile Justice have been threatened with termination, if they don't contribute to Democratic Governor Steve Beshear's re-election campaign.

State psychologist Rodney Young, who works at the Hazelwood Center for the Mentally Handicapped in Louisville, made the claim in letters to the head of the state GOP and to the attorney general's office.

Republican Party Chairman Steve Robertson attached Young's letter to complaints he filed Monday with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission and the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. In the letter, Young said he also contacted Attorney General Jack Conway for a potential criminal investigation.

Young said a Beshear aide told his colleagues they could lose their jobs if they don't contribute $500 each to the re-election campaign.

The Beshear campaign had no immediate comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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