Ed Hart

Hart Slams Fischer Over Rerouted Funds (AUDIO)

by admin on January 23, 2012

Louisville businessman Ed Hart continues to speak out against Mayor Greg Fischer, accusing him of misleading donors and withholding funds that should be intended for charity.

Hart has submitted paperwork with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance as evidence in a complaint filed by Metro Council candidate Curtis Morrison. The case alleges Fischer violated state campaign finance law and solicited funds for his inaugural celebration, but instead used them to pay down his personal campaign debt while in office.

Hart says Fischer deceived contributors about how inaugural funds were spent and has ignored numerous requests to send the money to charity.

“Why would any politician want to accept donations from people who are saying, ‘wait a second, it was never our intention to give you those donations.’ And then the bottom line is Greg Fischer is a wealthy man. Any surplus donations to the inauguration would go to a charity. Why Greg Fischer would want to keep that money and deny it from going to a local charity totally befuddles me,” he says.

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Alleging Fischer Misled Donors, Local Businessman Joins KREF Complaint

by admin January 22, 2012

Louisville businessman Ed Hart says Mayor Greg Fischer misled donors about how their contributions to his inauguration were spent, according to documents filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election. The paperwork was submitted to the state agency a month after an initial complaint was filed by Metro Council candidate Curtis Morrison. The case alleges Fischer […]

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New Suitors Sought To Restart Kentucky Kingdom

by Rick Howlett October 10, 2011

The Kentucky Kingdom amusement park has spent a second straight summer behind locked gates, as the state fair board seeks a new operator. Board officials say they’re committed to getting the park back up and running. It appears the park will stay closed for a third summer, with officials most likely looking toward a 2013 […]

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Lawmaker Optimistic About Kentucky Kingdom Reopening

by Rick Howlett October 3, 2011

A Kentucky lawmaker whose district includes the shuttered Kentucky Kingdom amusement park says he’s optimistic the state fair board will find an operator for the facility. State Representative Jim Wayne says he was surprised to hear that negotiations with developer Ed Hart to reopen the park fell through last week. Fair board president Harold Workman […]

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Talks End Between Fair Board and Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company

by Gabe Bullard September 30, 2011

The plan to expand, refurbish and re-open Kentucky Kingdom has hit another snag. Talks have broken down between the state Fair Board and businessman Ed Hart’s Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company. Fair Board president Harold Workman says the two sides couldn’t agree on where certain revenue streams should be steered, but declined to elaborate. The board […]

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Hart: Kentucky Kingdom Can’t Reopen In 2012

by Rick Howlett September 22, 2011

Louisville developer Ed Hart says there’s no way the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park can be reopened next year, but he’s willing to extend his interim agreement with the Kentucky State Fair Board and aim for a 2013 reopening. Hart says without a public/private funding partnership and a long-term lease in place, suppliers won’t be able […]

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Hart: Time Running Out For 2012 Kentucky Kingdom Reopening

by Rick Howlett September 13, 2011

The man who wants to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park says he’s close to securing nearly $29 million in private funding for the effort, but time is running out for state and local governments to finalize their commitment. Kentucky Kingdom was shut down early last year after its previous operator, Six Flags, declared bankruptcy. […]

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Talks Continue On Kentucky Kingdom Reopening Plan

by Rick Howlett July 25, 2011

Louisville Metro Government officials say they remain hopeful that the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park will re-open next spring. A financing plan proposed by Mayor Greg Fischer in May to reopen the park would include more than $17 million in city-issued bonds, but Fischer’s chief financial officer tells the Courier-Journal that developer Ed Hart may try […]

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Fischer Proposal Would Reopen Kentucky Kingdom In 2012

by Rick Howlett May 4, 2011

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has unveiled a plan under which the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park would reopen in 2012. It calls for the city to issue 17-and-a-half million dollars in bonds, and would bring in a third-party investor. The bonds would be backed by parking revenues, occupational taxes, and the new partner. Louisville businessman Ed […]

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Talks Continue On Kentucky Kingdom Reopening

by Rick Howlett April 28, 2011

Louisville businessman Ed Hart and the Kentucky State Fair Board have extended their interim agreement to negotiate a lease under which Hart would redevelop the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park.    The park has been shuttered since its previous owner, Six Flags, declared bankruptcy in early 2010. Hart’s agreement was due to expire at the end of this […]

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