KY Dems Launch Online Clock Tracking How Long Bevin Is Refusing to Release Tax Returns
Posted June 15, 2015
AP Reports Bevin May Be Guilty of Ethics Violation For Failing to Disclose Controversial Corporations as Scandal Escalates
FRANKFORT, KY — Following Matt Bevin’s refusal to release his tax returns and news of his “possible ethics violation,” today the Kentucky Democratic Party is launching a new online clock tracking the amount of time Bevin is refusing to disclose this important information to Kentucky residents.
When asked by Cn2, Bevin said he sees no value “whatsoever” in releasing his tax returns -- breaking with Kentucky’s long, bipartisan tradition of disclosure by gubernatorial nominees — and claimed he had released “plenty of financial information.” The Associated Press then reported that Bevin failed to disclose his positions with controversial, out-of-state corporations on required state documents, a “possible ethics violation.”
“Kentucky residents need to know what else Matt Bevin is hiding,” said David Bergstein of the Kentucky Democratic Party. “It’s bad enough that Bevin is breaking Kentucky’s bipartisan tradition of disclosure by gubernatorial nominees — but his ‘possible ethics violation’ for failing to disclose his controversial out-of-state corporations underscores why Bevin must come clean with Kentucky voters. The clock is ticking, and each minute that passes is another reminder why Republicans called Bevin an “East Coast Con Man” who cannot be trusted and is only looking out for himself.
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]