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Rep. Marzian Statement on Bevin’s “Possible Ethics Violation,” Refusal to Release Tax Returns

Elections and Judiciary Committee Member Urges Bevin to Comply With Transparency Requirements 

FRANKFORT, KY — Today Representative Mary Lou Marzian, a member of the Kentucky House Elections and Judiciary Committees, issued the following statement in response to a report by the Associated Press detailing Matt Bevin’s “possible ethics violation” for failing to disclose controversial corporations on required state documents, as well as Bevin’s refusal to release his tax returns: 

“Mr. Bevin’s failure to disclose his companies on required state documents is deeply troubling, especially since Mr. Bevin is breaking Kentucky’s bipartisan tradition of gubernatorial nominees releasing their tax returns,” said Representative Mary Lou Marzian. "These state documents are an important tool for voters to demand accountability from their candidates and elected officials. In light of his 'potential ethics violation,’ I urge Mr. Bevin to release his tax returns and comply with the rules designed to ensure the transparency and integrity of our elections."


AP Headline: "Bevin Didn't Disclose Positions, A Possible Ethics Violation." "Matt Bevin did not disclose his positions with two companies on his financial disclosure statement, a possible violation of state ethics laws. Bevin is the president of Bevin Bros. Manufacturing in Connecticut and a 'member, manager or other authorized person' with Academic Merit in Maine, according to records filed with the secretary of state's offices in those two states. Bevin disclosed both positions in his 2014 run for the U.S. Senate. But they do not appear on his financial disclosure statement for his run for governor this year.” [AP, 6/11/15]

CN2: When Asked If He Would Release His Tax Returns As A Gubernatorial Candidate, Matt Bevin Refused. "’No,' said Bevin, who last year held interests worth either more than $10,000 or at least 5 percent in seven businesses specializing in products such as LED lights, candy and medical devices according to his financial disclosure form filed with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. 'Why? Why would I?' When Pure Politics told Bevin others, such as Gov. Steve Beshear, released such records as candidates, he said he sees no value ‘whatsoever' in publicizing his tax returns as a gubernatorial hopeful.” [CN2, 6/10/15]