Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin paid $600K for probe into former Gov. Steve Beshear

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FILE – In this Dec. 8, 2015, file photo, former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, lower left, listens as Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin gives his inaugural address on the steps of the State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky’s two most recent governors are feuding and have verbally attacked each other more than any other governors in recent memory. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

An Indiana law firm has been paid at least $600,000 by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration for an investigation of former Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration.

The Lexington Herald-Leader obtained the information through an Open Records Act. The Bevin administration refuses to release what it received from the law firm Taft Stettinius and Hollister.

The newspaper asked for any reports from the firm but only received one from January 2017.

The report said state employees in the Steve Beshear administration were pressured to donate to the 2015 campaigns of Jack Conway for governor and Andy Beshear for attorney general with the threat of losing their jobs.

Gov.-elect Andy Beshear spokeswoman Crystal Staley says he will review the matter once he takes office next week.

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(This story was originally published on December 6, 2019)

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