2:15 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

You Don't Care About 'Untoward Dealings' in Politics, Wife of U.S. Congressman Says

Connie Harriman-Whitfield

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting's latest investigation into money, politics and ethics explored the business ties among longtime Congressman Ed Whitfield, his lobbyist wife, and another well-known lobbyist.

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2:47 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Who Spent the Most Lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly In The 2014 Session

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Lobbyists spent $8.7 million to lobby Kentucky lawmakers this year—and tobacco giant Altria led the pack at $156,000, according to records released by the Legislative Ethics Commission this week.

Some have pointed to the tobacco lobby's heavy spending during the 2014 session as a major contributing factor in the defeat of a statewide smoking ban.

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5:02 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Lobbyists Spend $4.3 Million In Kentucky General Assembly

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FRANKFORT — Lobbyists spent $4.3 million in the first two months of the 2014 General Assembly, with the healthcare industry leading the way in spending on lawmakers.

Health care companies spent more than $888,000 from Jan. 7 to Feb. 28, according to lobbying data released by the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. Hospitals paid the lion’s share of the healthcare lobby, at more than $205,000.

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1:32 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Ethics Panel Wants Lobbyists to Report Ad Spending

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The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission is recommending that state lawmakers require organizations that employ lobbyists to report what they spend on advertising to promote or defeat specific bills.

That proposal is among five the commission is suggesting the General Assembly consider next year.

John Schaaf is legal counsel to the LEC. He told a legislative committee that it’s a response to a new form of lobbying conducted mostly by businesses that make and sell drugs.

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