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Ethics complaint against Conway dropped

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky ethics panel has dismissed a
complaint that was filed against U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway
in the spring by his main rival in the Democratic primary.

John Steffen, executive director of the Executive Branch Ethics
Commission, says the merits of the complaint were not reviewed
because the commission ruled it doesn't have jurisdiction in the
matter.

Conway's Democratic Senate rival, Daniel Mongiardo, filed the
complaint in May claiming that Conway - the state's attorney
general - "violated the public trust" by accepting campaign
contributions from utility interests.

Steffen's confirmation Wednesday that the case was dismissed
came after Conway's spokeswoman in the attorney general's office
issued a statement on the matter.

Steffen says campaign contributions aren't considered gifts
under the ethics code, and as a result the ethics commission
doesn't have jurisdiction.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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