Justice Venters Donates Leftover Campaign Funds

Six colleges and the Louisville Library Foundation will benefit from unspent campaign funds donated by Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Daniel Venters of Somerset. Venters wants the almost $11,000 to be spent on needy students.

“My first choice, honestly, was to give the money back to the people that contributed it, because they’re friends of mine and I appreciate their support. And if I didn’t spend it for the purpose for which they offered it, I didn’t feel like it was mine anymore, or my campaign’s anymore. We wanted them to have it back but the law didn’t allow that,” he said.

The schools benefiting from the donation are Somerset Community College, Campbellsville University, Lindsey Wilson College, St. Catharine College, Union College and the University of the Cumberlands. Venters had no opposition in his re-election bid this fall.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.