3 agencies probe request for contributions

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A published report says three agencies are investigating allegations that a former state official pressured workers to contribute to the re-election campaign of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

The Courier-Journal reports the FBI, the state attorney general's office and the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission have interviewed current or former employees of the Department of Juvenile Justice about calls made in 2010 by former deputy secretary Charles Geveden.

None of the workers questioned said they felt threatened, though one said he felt pressured to donate but never did.

Geveden said he was unaware of the investigation. He told the newspaper that he did ask for contributions, but he never threatened or pressured anyone into giving.

All three agencies said they could neither confirm nor deny an ongoing investigation.

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