State Democratic Party Claims Anti-Beshear Ads Violate Law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The state Democratic Party thinks a series
of television ads criticizing Democratic gubernatorial candidate
Steve Beshear violates state law.

The party filed a complaint with the Kentucky Registry of
Election Finance on Monday. The party alleges the ads, mailers and
a web site funded by the Republican Governor's Association should
be considered illegal contributions to the campaign of Governor
Ernie Fletcher.

The party also claims the RGA illegally coordinated its
efforts with Fletcher's campaign and failed to register as a
campaign committee in the state.

Fletcher and Beshear will face each other in the November sixth
election.

An RGA spokesman says the association is following the rules
and called the complaint frivolous.

The television ads take aim at Beshear's record on issues like
taxes, abortion, gambling and the Ten Commandments. State Democrats
say the ads are a slap at Beshear and urge voters to cast a ballot
for Fletcher.


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