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Ethics commission dismisses complaints filed over Ky. Gov. Matt Bevin's home purchase

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky ethics commission has unanimously dismissed a pair of complaints filed against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin over his purchase of a home from a friend and campaign donor.

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission says Bevin didn't do anything wrong when he bought a house from Neil Ramsey, a friend that Bevin has appointed to the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees.

However, the commission told Bevin he should let Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton decide whether to reappoint Ramsey to the board when his term expires to avoid a conflict of interest.

Attorney General Andy Beshear responded on Twitter posting a message that said "This week Bevin's ethics commission ruled a state contractor can give the governor a house and the attorney general cannot investigate.Your government should serve you, not enrich him.  Every Kentuckian should be outraged." 

The five-member commission includes three people appointed by Bevin and two people appointed by former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. A spokesman for Bevin declined to comment, saying he would "let the dismissals speak for themselves."

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