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KY Attorney General refutes corruption charges leveled by Gov. Bevin

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Andy Beshear, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, Kentucky Attorney General

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky's Attorney General says he has done nothing illegal or unethical.

Andy Beshear spoke with WDRB about the explosive charges made Tuesday by Gov. Matt Bevin.

The Republican Governor said he has evidence of questionable donations made to the campaign of the Democratic Attorney General.

Beshear is now firing back.

“I would never, ever pressure anyone to give for any reason, and I do not believe that other folks out there would either,” said Bevin in response to charges leveled by Bevin.

Bevin alleges that aides to former Gov. Steve Beshear coerced state employees into giving money to the campaign of his son, the now Attorney General.

“This sort of thing is not only wrong, but if in fact it is true, it is illegal,” said Bevin during a news conference.

But Andy Beshear points out that his office is not the target of the current federal investigation into corruption. A fact underscored by the U.S. Attorney.

“The investigation has not revealed any evidence that the candidates that received these contributions had knowledge that the contributions were tainted,” said Kerry Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

The investigation, which continues, led to a guilty plea from Andy Beshear's former Deputy Attorney General Tim Longmeyer.

He admitted to a bribery scheme dating back to the time he served as Personnel Secretary to Governor Steve Beshear.

Some of that money made its way into the campaigns of Democratic candidates.

“Personally, I'm hurt that somebody I know would be involved in this. But, professionally, it has nothing to do with the office,” said Attorney General Beshear.

Bevin is calling on Andy Beshear to return any questionable donations.

Beshear says, if there are any, he has no way of knowing. He has a different plan for any leftover campaign cash.

“We're going to send everything remaining to Common Cause, which is a watchdog ethics group,” he said.

Beshear is challenging Bevin's selection of his Finance Secretary to lead the investigation into the corruption charges.

“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,” said Beshear.

Beshear also questions the timing of the accusations.

He is suing Bevin over the governor's cuts to higher education. That hearing is Thursday.

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