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Steve Henry '07 Campaign Inquiry Drags On

Lt. Gov Steve Henry

Lt. Gov Steve Henry

CARROLLTON, Ky. -- An inquiry into alleged campaign irregularies stemming from Steve Henry's 2007 run for governor appears to be stalled somewhere in Kentucky political / legal limbo, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal in its Sunday edition.

Much to Jim Crawford's chagrin, seven thick binders of evidence gathered by the Kentucky State Police in the Steve Henry campaign-finance case still occupy one end of a long, conference-room table in his law office, re;ports the Courier-Journal.

Down the hall, in front of Crawford's cluttered desk, a cardboard box sitting on a chair contains his notes and research on the case. A box on the floor holds tapes of detectives' interviews with approximately 40 people, accumulated since Crawford -- the longtime commonwealth's attorney for Carroll, Grant and Owen counties -- was appointed special prosecutor in the case in April 2007, the Courier-Journal reports.

These are the fruits, and the reminders, of an 18-month investigation into allegations that Henry violated state campaign-finance laws in connection with his unsuccessful campaign for governor last year. And while the end of that investigation may finally be in sight, it has been far too long in coming to suit Crawford -- to say nothing of Henry and his primary accuser, former campaign worker Leslie Holland.

Henry and Holland said last week that they were interviewed more than a year ago in connection with the case, but have heard nothing about it lately, reports the newspaper.

"I don't know what the deal is," Holland said. "They never contact me."
Henry said: "I don't know what's going on. I'd like to know."

Holland filed her seven-page complaint against Henry with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance in March 2007. In it, she asserted that Henry had failed to comply with laws regulating a so-called federal "testing the waters" account and had used it illegally to lay the groundwork for his gubernatorial campaign, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal.

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