FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Democrats are looking to bolster
their party's finances, and they're using the state Governor's
Mansion as a central selling point to do so.
The move has "outraged" state GOP Chairman Steve Robertson.
"I believe that renting out the Governor's Mansion does not
represent the kind of ethical and moral leadership the people of
Kentucky deserve," Robertson said at a press conference in front
of the French-inspired home to Kentucky's governors since 1914.
Invitations were recently sent to prospective Democratic donors
asking them to join "The Capitol Club" as a way to build the
Kentucky Democratic Party and attend parties at the ornate
Governor's Mansion. Gov. Steve Beshear tops a list of top elected
officials - all Democrats - hosting the club's inaugural reception
Annual membership in the club runs for $300. It's $500 for
membership and a spot in the Beshear Golf Open, according to the
Democratic officials sent invites out to several hundred people
last week, said Jennifer Moore, the state Democratic Party
chairwoman. Any expenses will be picked up by the party, not
taxpayers, Moore said.