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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear launched his bid for governor Monday, but his candidacy is already shrouded in controversy for his decision to hold onto “tainted” campaign contributions two years after he pledged to donate the ill-gotten funds to a nonprofit organization.

Months after Beshear, a Democrat, took office as Kentucky’s attorney general in early 2016, his deputy attorney general, Tim Longmeyer, was charged with bribery for partaking in a kickback scheme when he served as the personnel cabinet secretary under former Gov. Steve Beshear, Andy Beshear’s father. Longmeyer used his position to direct state-administered insurance companies to hire a consulting firm, which earned about $2 million from the arrangement. Longmeyer and a Democratic lobbyist received roughly $1 million in kickback funds from the consulting firm in exchange for setting up the arrangement, according to court records.

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Longmeyer used much of his earnings through the scheme to funnel illegal “straw” campaign donations to Kentucky Democrats, one of which was Beshear’s 2015 campaign for attorney general. Longmeyer is currently serving a 70-month prison sentence for his role in the scheme.

Beshear’s 2015 campaign committees for attorney general still have possession of Longmeyer’s fraudulent contributions, two years after he pledged to get rid of them.

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“We don’t want tainted dollars, never wanted tainted dollars, and so we want to make sure we do the right thing,” Beshear said at a press conference in June, reported the Courier-Journal.

Beshear says he will donate all leftover campaign funds from his attorney general campaign following...
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