Measure dealing with campaign finance vetoed | News

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed legislation Friday that would increase the number of counties subject to post-election audits by the Attorney General’s office, but also reduce the number of campaign finance reports in non-election years.

In his veto message, the governor did not speak against the provision raising the post-election audits from six to 12 counties, but instead concentrated on the campaign finance aspect.

“I am vetoing Senate Bill 216 because it reduces transparency in our elections,” he said.  “Senate Bill 216 requires candidates for legislative office to file only annual campaign finance reports in years they are not running for reelection. Candidate financial reports are what provide transparency to the people of Kentucky who elect these officials. Without quarterly reports, candidates will be able to draft bills and serve on interim legislative committees, while receiving donations in secret.


“Studies have shown that legislators prioritize the interests of their donors, and more money is flowing into political races than ever before. As a result, it is more important than ever to maintain transparency and accountability in our elections.”


Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams, who worked with the Democratic governor on changes for the…

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