Ethics Panel Dismisses Complaint Against Senate President

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An oversight panel has dismissed an ethics complaint against Senate President David Williams.

The panel found the Republican from Burkesville did nothing wrong when he invited 40 lobbyists and others to a fundraising dinner, which had been scheduled for July but was indefinitely postponed.

They were asked to sign a "commitment form" pledging to raise and contribute as much as $50,000 for two funds that help Republican candidates for the state Senate.

Chairman Richard Beliles of Common Cause of Kentucky filed a complaint in June with the Legislative Ethics Commission, claiming Williams violated the legislative ethics code.

Williams appeared before the commission two weeks ago to answer questions about the proposed fundraiser. He said afterward that he did nothing illegal or unethical.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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