It appears that Harry Berry Hardin County Judge Executive, Treasurer of the Anne Northup campaign for Governor has some splaining to do.
Ok Harry tell us what you said about your Democratic opponent Rik Hawkins and campaign finance violations. Come on Harry fess up, because if you don't I'm going to remind you during the election.
According to a preliminary audit by the registry's staff, the Northup campaign accepted two corporate contributions totaling $500. One $250 contribution was returned on the same day the campaign had deposited it in its account. The other $250 contribution was returned after a state auditor determined it was a corporate contribution in May 2008.
The audit also found the campaign of Northup and state Rep. Jeff Hoover, her running mate, accepted eight contributions from individuals exceeding the statutory $1,000 limit.
Another allegation is that the Northup campaign accepted a $1,000 contribution from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians political action committee and a $1,000 contribution from the Kentucky Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Inc. PAC.
The registry staff found the two groups -- which share a bank and an address and whose checks were signed by the same person -- to be the same organization. The campaign returned the contribution in May 2007 to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
The audit also found the campaign didn't have complete biographical information for 47 contributors.
It also found the campaign accepted illegal contributions from people associated with road contractor Elmo Greer & Sons. A company employee pleaded guilty to violating state campaign finance laws by making illegal contributions through others to the campaigns of Northup, Henry and former Gov. Ernie Fletcher. The company paid a fine.
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