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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin accuses Gov. Beshear's administration of 'questionable activity'

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he has uncovered evidence of "questionable activity" in former Gov. Steve Beshear's administration. 

According to Bevin, there is also evidence that state employees were coerced into contributing to Attorney General Andy Beshear's campaign. He called for Andy Beshear to return thousands of dollars in donations. 

Bevin made the accusations in a joint press conference with the Kentucky Finance Secretary Tuesday morning. He told reporters that the "pay to play" method of government was alive and well when Beshear was governor. 

Bevin said the ex-secretary of Beshear's Personnel Cabinet, Tim Longmeyer, allegedly directed the illegal contributions to the campaign of now-Attorney General Andy Beshear, as well as other Democrats.

Longmeyer is already facing a federal bribery charge.

Gov. Bevin says there's also evidence of improper no-bid contracts and other corruption. Bevin has ordered his Finance Secretary to launch a formal investigation.

"Any signs of corruption will be exposed and eliminated," Bevin said. 

Bevin left the news conference without taking any questions.

Attorney General Beshear has released the following statement:

"As the head of an office that is statutorily charged with investigating allegations of corruption, I agree that issues such as no-bid contracts should be carefully scrutinized, including the two no-bid contracts totaling $4 million awarded by the Bevin administration in its first three months. The appropriate agency, however, for investigating the governor’s allegations is the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission, an independent agency, and not a cabinet that answers to the governor. The governor is once again overstating his authority under state law (KRS chapter 45). Spending taxpayer money on an outside contract when such allegations should be sent to the commission is wasteful.

Over the last three weeks, I have stood before the public and answered any and every question regarding Mr. Longmeyer. United States Attorney Kerry Harvey has definitively stated to the public and the press that there was no involvement by me or my office. The sworn affidavit in that case also found there was no knowledge by any campaign related to any contributions. My campaign is awaiting a routine audit by the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, and will then donate any remaining funds to Common Cause, a government watchdog organization.”

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