LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A published report says Gov. Steve
Beshear's major contributors got help landing some of the best
seats to the Kentucky Derby.
The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/Jyroj1) cited records it
obtained in reporting that Beshear's extra tickets were purchased
by major contributors to his re-election campaign, inauguration,
and to the Democratic Party. Those tickets included many of the
best seats on Millionaires' Row.
Churchill Downs made 360 tickets available to Beshear, who
officially had 52 guests.
Some of the big contributors who bought the tickets included
retired Louisville entrepreneur Bill Britton, Louisville
businessman Lee Zimmerman, Lexington banker Luther Deaton and
Lexington bloodstock agent David Ingordo.
Beshear's spokeswoman, Kerri Richardson, said in a statement
that campaign contributions "have no influence on the state's
regulations, policies or actions."