Ethics Panel Restricts Legislators' Fundraising

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A state ethics decision today says Kentucky legislators are prohibited from asking lobbyists for campaign contributions for a political party.

The Legislative Ethics Commission today announced it had overturned part of a 1995 opinion that allowed lawmakers to solicit contributions for the Democrat or Republican parties, provided they were not soliciting exclusively from lobbyists.

State law prohibits lobbyists from making political donations to a legislator's campaign, or to a legislative caucus campaign committee.

The panel's decision follows an unanimous ruling in August to dismiss a complaint against Senate President David Williams. It alleged he violated ethics laws when his staff invited lobbyists to take part in a G-O-P fundraiser. The commission ruled Williams did not know lobbyists were being asked to make financial contributions to help re-elect GOP lawmakers.

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