The Courier-Journal goes a step further in the Loftus investigation of questionable campaign contributions.
After providing a refresher of some hilarious responses given by more-than-questionable donors, the C-J ponders the following:
What great one-liners. Of course, the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance should take such revelations seriously, but the agency itself is something of a joke. It hasn’t referred a suspicious donation to the attorney general’s office for further inquiry in years.
Meanwhile, a reporter looks through the records of last spring’s gubernatorial primaries and easily finds 702 contributors for whom no occupation is listed, as required by state law, not to mention a big bunch of folks, from students to receptionists, whose $1,000 contributions presumably would strain the budget.
Ding ding ding. KREF has not referred suspicious activity to the attorney general’s office in years. Recall the Steve Henry debacle during the primary this year. Did KREF refer complaints filed by Leslie Holland? No, of course not. Holland had to spend her own money getting the case directly to the attorney general’s office. The case was then referred to a prosecutor and is under investigation, no thanks to the KREF’s non-action.
It’s a sad day when an everyday citizen (or reporter) has to take it upon themselves to do the government’s job.
We really need to wake up in this state. It’s time to start paying attention to campaign finance law. It must be taken seriously if Kentucky is to be taken seriously.