BREAKING: RPK Files Complaint Against Bluegrass Freedom Fund, Beshear Camp

The Republican Party of Kentucky filed a complaint with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance against the Bluegrass Freedom Fund and the Beshear-Mongiardo gubernatorial campaign for allegedly violating Kentucky’s campaign finance laws.

From the RPK’s press release:

“As various news organizations have brought to light the facts surrounding the Bluegrass Freedom Fund and its million dollar contribution from casino boss William Yung, it has become increasingly apparent that this fund was merely a front-organization used to skirt the law to help Steve Beshear get elected,” said Robertson. “If KREF finds the Bluegrass Freedom Fund and the Beshear/Mongiardo Campaign knowingly violated campaign laws, I hope it will immediately refer this matter to the proper prosecutorial authorities.”

Peep the complaint and the 42 pages of supporting exhibits here:


You knew it would happen sooner or later. Bill Yung wasn’t going to get away with giving Steve Beshear $1million without a fight.

On a related note, the BFF is no more. The group’s chief fundraiser has left Kentucky and Achim Bergmann is now consulting with Bruce Lunsford.

UPDATE @ 5:12: KDP Chairwoman Jennifer Moore responds:

“This is a desperate and baseless attack by the Republican Party. The complaint makes accusations that have been proven false time and time again. Doesn’t Steve Robertson have anything better to do with his time these days?

“What a sad example of Republicans playing divisive political games rather than working with Democrats to better the lives of Kentuckians.”

Wait a minute. Where’s the proof nothing shady went down? We haven’t seen it. Seriously– the only thing that’s come out is pretty damning and that’s that Steve Beshear met with Bill Yung just days before he wrote a million dollar check to the BFF. Hrm. Yeah. Nothing to see here, move along.

And on that note, what the flip is up with Jennifer having lunch at Serafini with a boat load of casino lobbyists just before putting out this press release? The only thing Jennifer is doing is causing people like us to get suspicious.

We especially love this ironic quote:

She said the meeting had nothing to do with pending legislation before the General Assembly and no legislators attended the lunch.

UPDATE @ 7:10:

In a strange turn of events, capitol sign-in sheets for the governor’s office have disappeared for the day casino magnate Bill Yung visited with Steve Beshear– though Beshear’s office denies having met with him. Imagine that.

Also on a sign-in sheet for Jan. 9: Bill Yung, at 10:25 a.m., apparently for the governor’s officer. But representatives of Beshear’s office have denied meeting with the Northern Kentucky hotelier and casino owner.

Check Hebert’s story on WHAS11 tonight about the whole ordeal. Just gets nastier and nastier.

MySpace perverts hit Appalachia! World is ending!

SCHOOL BUS DRIVER CHARGED IN SOLICITATION

A Rowan County school bus driver was arrested and charged Tuesday with unlawful transaction with a minor in an alleged incident involving a teenage boy. State police said Gary L. Clark, 46, of Elk Lick Road, Morehead, had been in contact with the boy through a MySpace.com profile. Police said he solicited the boy to meet him Saturday and allegedly coerced him into getting into his vehicle. There, “inappropriate actions” occurred, but police declined to elaborate. Police seized computer equipment from Clark’s home. The boy is a Rowan County student but was not on Clark’s bus route.

Folks close to the bus driver are claiming the young boy harassed the driver and the driver was merely meeting him to resolve a dispute. Uh… why would anyone give a flip about settling a dispute from MySpace (of all places) with a child they don’t even know? Yeah…

And speaking of MySpace perverts (OH NOES! IT’S THE WORST THING EVER! NOTHING BUT PERVS!), Stephen George (not a MySpace pervert) wrote an interesting story about To Catch a Predator-style sting operations going down here in the Bluegrass. Make sure you read it all. We gagged and felt like Republicans after finishing it.

Watching it on TV, the whole scene is sad and pathetic: From his mother’s dark PT Cruiser emerges 26-year-old Dustin McPhetridge, struggling to move his weight to the cane in his left hand while locking the door with the keys in his right. He’s driven five hours to Bowling Green, Ky., to meet the girl who’s now standing at the door of a palatial suburban house, offering a sympathetic smile. McPhetridge has cerebral palsy, which is making the short walk from car to house quite awkward.

It’s the first time he’s met the girl in person; they’ve only chatted online. He’s probably stoked because he thinks the petite brunette, dressed like a standard post-9/11 mallrat with shorts that may not pass as a bikini bottom, is about to screw him. There is lubricant, a man’s electric razor and a digital camera in the PT Cruiser. He thinks his new friend is 13 years old.

“Slot-Trot” Begins. How great is that name?

With the onslaught of casino gossip in Frankfort and all the shiz that’s gone down the past few days, the Republican Party of Kentucky today filed a complaining with the Legislative Ethics Commission begging for an investigation into whether or not Kentucky’s House leadership are extortionists.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Republican Party of Kentucky (RPK) today filed a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Commission asking for an immediate investigation into allegations that House Democratic Leadership are extorting members of the horse industry and race tracks for campaign contributions in exchange for support of casino legislation.

“It is my hope that the Legislative Ethics Commission will make this ‘Slot-Trot’ inquiry a high priority as public confidence in House Democratic Leadership is rapidly eroding,” said RPK Chairman Steve Robertson.

The RPK’s complaint with the LEC cites Mark Hebert’s February 26 story about Democratic House members (“perhaps including the House Speaker” – haha) and their attempt to “whip the horse industry into shape” for political (ahem, casino) reasons. Read the full complaint here.

In addition to the LEC complaint, RPK Chairman Steve Robertson sent a letter to Attorney General Jack Conway requesting an investigation into potential wrongdoing (evil doers! PLEASE let the RPK use “evil doers!” in a press release soon). Peep that letter here.

While usually in disagreement with our perfect, righteous beliefs, the RPK has really proved it knows how to play politics this go round. Totally trumps that silly business Jennifer Moore started with Doug “Protector of Our White Women” Hawkins.

Oh Oh! You think some crazy shiz isn’t going down with the Democrats in Frankfort these days? Well, take a look at THIS. Democratic Representative Dottie Sims was KICKED OFF the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee because she didn’t vote for the casinos bit. Come ON!

FBI in Frankfort

Ruh ro. That sound you hear is every legislator in the state clenching up.

Brett Hall and Marc Carey both report that an FBI agent was spotted in Frankfort today.

Well, it’s legit.

The gentleman from the FBI was seen leaving the Annex. Cabinet Secretaries, Democratic and Republican electeds have all confirmed it for us.

So. What is it? Gambling issues? Other forms of corruption?

Oh, the possibilities. We’re waiting with bated breath. So, if any of you Frankfort/whistle blower types want to spill the beans, hit us up. We need some drama today.

Louisville Arena Drama – Overspending, Corruption?

A Louisville contracting company president claims the Louisville Arena Authority is spending at least $1 million more than necessary to demolish two buildings on the arena site. Furthermore, it claims the Authority ignored the only bid from a qualified local contractor in favor of a Cincinnati company.

In January, the Authority announced it would pay O’Rourke Wrecking Company, of Cincinnati, $2.8 million to demolish the LG&E power substation and the Riverview Square building. Jon Davies, president of CRS Demolition of Louisville, says his company put in a bid to demolish the buildings for $1.6 million, but wasn’t even interviewed by Authority managers.

Davies said the bids were supposed to be considered on a point system — with 50 points for the amount in the bid, 10 for minority participation, 30 for qualifications and 10 for time frame. Davies said that based on that criteria, CRS would have had 100 points.

Another company, Dore and Associates of Michigan, submitted a bid that was less than O’Rourke’s, at$2.6 million.

Davies said he has been pitching the story to local media outlets, including the Courier-Journal, which he said has shown little interest in the story.

FBI Asked to Investigate Beshear-Yung Connection

Stephanie Steitzer reports that the Republican Party of Kentucky has sent a letter to the FBI pushing for an investigation of the connection between Governor Steve Beshear and casino magnate Bill Yung.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party of Kentucky has sent a letter to the FBI requesting an investigation regarding the connection between Beshear and Yung.

Yung recently lost his casino license in New Jersey and is under investigation in at least two other states regarding the operation of his casinos. Recently, however, he bought property in Covington in hopes of building a casino there.

Yung, you’ll recall, gave Achim Bergmann’s (Bruce Lunsford’s key advisor and former campaign manager) 527 organization the Bluegrass Freedom Fund $1 million in a move that ultimately benefited Steve Beshear in November’s general election.

Rather than write a ton about the letter to the FBI, we’ll let you read it for yourself.

Peep the letter along with attached exhibits after the jump…

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Louisville Area Foodies Unite

Here’s our semi-official introduction to our newest project: ‘Ville Voice Eats. We know food and dining is one topic that everyone is interested in — so we developed a new site dedicated to all things culinary. Our editor knows his way around a kitchen: Steve Coomes began his career in some of the city’s fine dining establishments before becoming a nationally-recognized food industry journalist. And he knows how to chase a story — here’s some evidence of that.

‘Dirty Dining’ Reports: Thin on Facts, Fat on Fear

February is sweeps month for TV stations, so per usual, some local TV news outlets trotted out some reports designed to capture viewers—and gross them out or make them fearful in the process.

Such was the case with two recent reports aired on WDRB Fox-41 (by reporter Julie Tam) and WHAS-11 (by newcomer Adam Walser) criticizing the Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) for not doing its job. The reports claimed LMPHW failed to post correct sanitation score placards on entrances to a handful of local restaurants. Though the claims were true, the danger implied by the group’s mistakes was largely blown out of proportion, and, much worse, some restaurants’ reputations may have been unnecessarily damaged.

In their quest to practice a little gotcha journalism (in one case, Walser pressed restaurant employees to talk to him when he should only have talked with management) and boost ratings, both reporters overlooked facts that were much more important to the story. Among them:

LMPHW’s use of the placards is entirely voluntary, not a matter of Kentucky law. Any misplacement of those placards should reflect poorly on LMPHW, but in the reports, the restaurants suffered the real heat.

Read the rest at ‘Ville Voice Eats…