October 8, 2015 •
Ethics Commission Opinion Addresses Kentucky Lawmakers’ Fundraising Practices
Lobbyists and legislators may be violating new ethics laws according to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. An advisory opinion recently published by the commission addresses the practice of lawmakers giving fundraising appeals to lobbyists who likely pass them on to their employers. These appeals typically include dollar amounts for attending the fundraiser.
Legislation passed last year prohibits lobbyists from directly soliciting contributions for legislators or legislative candidates. This practice, the opinion concludes, likely constitutes a direct solicitation of a contribution.
The commission is not conducting any investigations on this matter as there has not yet been a formal complaint.
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