Kentucky lawmaker sorry for using tax money to ask for votes
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker in Kentucky who is running for re-election has apologized for using taxpayer money to campaign for votes.
State Rep. Wilson Stone used public money to mail a survey to people in his district asking them about various issues that could come before the legislature next year. The survey included the line: “I request your vote and support.”
State GOP officials say that violates state ethics and campaign finance laws. Wednesday, the party filed complaints with the Legislative Ethics Commission and the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.
In a news release, Stone said the sentence was a mistake and promised to “quickly take steps to rectify the situation.”
Stone has been in the House of Representatives since 2009. He faces Republican Brian “Tiger” Gann in November.