Williams father-in-law makes huge donation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The father-in-law of Republican
gubernatorial candidate David Williams contributed $1 million to
the Republican Governor's Association last month, sparking
complaints from Democrats.
The Kentucky Gazette (http://bit.ly/KDLBG) reported Monday that
Terry Stephens, owner of Stephens Pipe and Steel in Russell
Springs, made the contribution on June 22.
Stephens told the newspaper that he's not in the habit of making
such large contributions, but "David is family." He said he knew
that the RGA couldn't earmark his donation for the Kentucky
campaign, so, he said, his contribution was made "on faith."
The RGA had said even before Stephens' contribution that it
planned to be aggressively involved in the Kentucky gubernatorial
race, one of only four in the nation this year. The group has
already been running TV ads in Kentucky.
Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon complained Monday
that Stephens' donation was made about two weeks before the RGA's
Bluegrass Prosperity PAC began running TV ads in support of
Williams. He said that suggested improper coordination had occurred
between the campaign and the organization.
RGA spokesman Mike Schrimpf said the RGA has fully complied with
the law.
The RGA reported more than $22 million in contributions between
Jan. 1 and June 30.

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