KY Dems Statement On Bevin’s “Possible Ethics Violation”
Posted June 12, 2015
KDP Chair Renews Call For Bevin To Release Tax Returns In Light of Developing Scandal
FRANKFORT, KY — A new Associated Press report reveals that Matt Bevin failed to disclose his positions with two out-of-state corporations on required state documents, a “possible ethics violation.” This week, Bevin also announced that he is refusing to release his tax returns, breaking with a bipartisan tradition of disclosure by Kentucky gubernatorial nominees.
The company that Bevin failed to disclose, Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, has also been the center of attacks against him: the company took a $100,000 taxpayer funded bailout and was the #1 tax delinquent in its Connecticut town after Bevin failed to pay taxes.
Today, Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Patrick Hughes issued the following statement, once again calling on Bevin to release his tax returns:
“Matt Bevin's ‘possible ethics violation’ underscores why his refusal to release his tax returns is so troubling — we don’t know what else Bevin is hiding,” said Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Patrick Hughes. “Bevin is showing exactly why Republicans have labelled him an “East Coast Con Man,” and that he will do anything to help himself. In light of this developing scandal, Bevin should immediately release his tax returns.”
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]