Bevin inquiry alleges Democrats coerced worker contributions

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An investigation by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is relying on interviews with 16 anonymous state workers to conclude officials in the previous Democratic administration committed "wholesale violations of state law."

The 18-page report is the first to emerge after Bevin awarded a state contract for up to $500,000 to an Indiana-based law firm to investigate the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear. The report asserts seven officials in the Beshear administration illegally pressured some state workers to donate toThe report, released Wednesday, says state employees were pressured to donate to the 2015 campaigns of Jack Conway and Attorney General Andy Beshear, the Kentucky Democratic Party and the Capitol Club or risk losing their jobs.

Beshear called the report "a joke" and a "waste of taxpayer money."

It cites 16 people who reported being pressured, but does not name any of them and offers no corroborating evidence. A request for transcripts of those interviews was denied.



 
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