KDP Calls on GOP Candidates to Release Tax Returns

The head of the Kentucky Democratic Party wants two Republican gubernatorial candidates to release their income tax returns. Dan Logsdon says Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear annually makes his returns public.

However, Kentucky Senate President David Williams says he won’t be releasing the ten years of income tax returns sought by Dan Logsdon, chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party.

Williams is seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination and campaign manager Scott Jennings says public information on Williams’ finances is readily available.

“David has been filing financial disclosure forms with the Legislative Branch Ethics Commission since 1993, and this year filed an additional form with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission as a candidate,” says Jennings “These forms outline financial interests, income, property holdings, gifts, business dealings, investments and debts.”

Dan Logsdon says Republican gubernatorial hopeful Phil Moffett should release his 2010 tax returns, but Moffett’s campaign manager says the information is private and won’t be released.  Republican gubernatorial candidate Bobbie Holsclaw intends to release her tax returns.  Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who’s seeking re-election, has a history making his tax returns public.

In 1991, Sen. David Williams was campaign manager for gubernatorial candidate Larry Hopkins.  Williams accused Hopkins’ Republican opponent Larry Forgy of being “arrogant” for refusing to release ten years of tax returns.  But now, Williams, who’s running for governor, is refusing to do the same thing.  That’s hypocritical says Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon.

“When running for governor, a person has an obligation to be honest,” Logsdon says “open and transparent with the people of Kentucky.”

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.