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AG Andy Beshear reacts to Gov. Bevin's allegations of coercion

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear denies anyone was illegally pressured to donate to his campaign -- an allegation made by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. 

The Republican Governor says he has evidence that aides to former Democratic Governor Steve Beshear coerced state employees into giving money to the campaign of his son, the now-Attorney General, Andy Beshear.

Following an event in Louisville this morning, Andy Beshear fired back. Beshear says federal authorities have already said he is not the target of its investigation into corruption. He denies that he or anyone else in his campaign pressured state employees to donate -- and he challenges Governor Bevin's appointment of his Finance Secretary to investigate the accusations.

"Now, the governor made a lot of allegations yesterday without any real specifics," Beshear said. "If he believes them, then they shouldn't be investigated by someone who works for him. They should be investigated by the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, which is independent. It's out there. It's shielded from any pressure from the Governor or anybody else."

As for the Governor's call for him to give back any questionable donations, Beshear says he plans to give any leftover campaign funds to Common Cause -- a government watchdog group.

Tomorrow in Franklin Circuit Court, a judge will hear a lawsuit filed by Beshear challenging Bevin's cuts to higher education.

Beshear says he considers the conflict with Bevin professional, not personal. 

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