Fletcher Received More Than $90,000 In Gifts For Legal Defense

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Former Governor Ernie Fletcher received more than $90,000 in cash gifts to help pay legal expenses stemming from an investigation of his administration's hiring practices.

More than half of the contributions came from two couples. Robbie and Lisa Rudolph gave $24,000 and Mira and Don Ball gave $12,000 apiece.

Rudolph was Fletcher's running mate in the governor's race last year. Fletcher lost to Democrat Steve Beshear.

The Balls build homes in central Kentucky, and Fletcher appointed Mira Ball to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees.

Fletcher was indicted on charges of violating state law by improperly rewarding Republicans with protected state jobs at the expense of Democrats. The charges eventually were dropped in a settlement.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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