FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A state ethics panel has found probable
cause to continue an investigation concerning Daniel Mongiardo. The
state senator's relationship with a political action committee is
being investigated. The committee formed after his unsuccessful U-S
Mongiardo claims he was a distant adviser to a political action
committee, called Democrat Activist Network PAC, and did nothing
wrong. The state Republican Party filed a complaint with the
Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, claiming there was an
improper connection between the PAC and Mongiardo.
Mongiardo said today that it's the same old politics that
Republican Party leadership runs every year.
The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission met privately on the
matter today. It also met behind closed doors with Mongiardo and
Spencer Noe, the state Republican Party's general counsel.
Mongiardo says he agreed to be an advisor for the committee after declining to join as a member on several occasions. He says he only spoke with members on the phone a few times and dropped the committee in June when he believed something was wrong.
The republican party filed the original complaint against Mongiardo, accusing him of having an improper connection with the PAC.
"I made what I believe to be a mistake. I owned up to it, I told the truth I stopped all association as soon as I saw there was any problems and more importantly I didn't ask for a pardon," says Senator Mongiardo.