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The question of whether a registered lobbyist can serve on Kentucky’s State Board of Elections remains unresolved.

Stephen Huffman is a registered lobbyist for HCM Governmental Relations in Lexington.  Last year, he was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to the State Board of Elections.  Executive Branch Ethics Commission Director John Steffen says the appointment creates a conflict of interest, because Huffman works for an entity that lobbies the executive branch, including the governor

“We have addressed those type of conflicts by basically saying we can’t tell you want to do in your private capacity, but we can say you’re going to have to recuse so much in your official capacity,” says Steffen “that your service is basically rendered meaningless on the board.” [click to continue…]

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