Tuesday, January 19, 2010

FOX41'S BILL LAMB: LEAVE MY FRIEND ALONE!

Sorry folks I just had to write this since I have received dozens of calls about it. It seems FOX41's Bill Lamb has done his normal POV and suggested we owe Jim King an apology for bringing to light his illegal campaign finance violations.

You can read it here: Family Contributions Should Be OK (1/19/10) - FOX41.com Louisville News Kentucky Indiana News Weather Sports

I truly do think some of Bill Lamb's POV segments are good and agree with him in many of them. This is not one of those times.

It seems to many, based on the calls I have received, that Lamb is allowing his friendship with King to overshadow his judgement in this matter. You can see yet one reason why I agree with them here: Louisville News and Politics: FOX41 CENSORING ITS NEWS?

Lamb starts out with this:

Current Kentucky law prohibits anyone other than a candidate from spending more than $1,000 in a state election. But it doesn't specifically address whether a candidate may receive much larger financial gifts from family members and then apply that money toward their campaign.

The law clearly prohibits ANYONE other than a candidate as I have outlined numerous times on this site. Jim King was not the candidate, and clearly qualifies as an anyone like you and I, so how much clearer does it need to get?

KRS 121.015(6) ‘Contribution’ means any: (a) payment, distribution, loan, deposit, GIFT OF MONEY or other thing of value TO A CANDIDATE, his agent, a slate of candidates, its authorized agent, a committee or contributing organization…

The above clearly states that a gift of cash is a contribution period. It does not say except if it comes from a family member. The law is clear.

KRS 121.150(6) No candidate, slate of candidates, campaign committee, political issues committee, nor anyone acting on their behalf shall accept a contribution of more than $1,000…

This above of course clearly says a candidate cannot accept a contribution of more than $1,000.

It really is this simple. I have outlined why some like Larry Clark are trying to "change the law" that does not need changing. It is as simple as trying to save some butts: Louisville News and Politics: SHERYL SNYDER AND AMY CUBBAGE: LIES AND DECEPTION AT FROST, BROWN, AND TODD

In 2000 Snyder and Cubbage, according to sources, were PAID BY THE KREF in excess of $100,000 to draft HB750 referenced in the article above. This was OUR tax money paid to them.

Now why is this important? HB 750 did not pass thus negating any comments made by King, Snyder, or Cubbage in regards to this whole matter.

Another thing Bill Lamb mentioned in his POV strikes a nerve:

That ambiguity caused Metro Councilman Jim King a lot of headaches when he gave his daughter, Katie, a gift of $135,000 that she used in her judicial race, and he was subsequently fined.

The interesting thing in this statement?

Simply this.

King has not been fined yet. Though it has been reported that Snyder said they had reached an agreement on a fine, with no admission of guilt of course by King, there can be no fact in saying he was fined.

The KREF HAS NOT MET AND PRESENTED any proposed fine to the Board yet for approval.

So is this a done deal? What insider info does Lamb have from his friend Jim King that no one else has other than a Snyder statement? Does he have evidence of such a claim?

Sorry Bill but making this statement shows that insider info is alive and well or were you just stating what you believe. Either way you have now raised ethical questions in your POV.

Only one question from Lamb makes sense to me at this point and I agree with asking it:

Should the law prohibit the kind of contribution Mr. King made?

In my opinion it should. It should prohibit it because no one should be elected solely because they happen to be rich. If money can buy elections then why not just have candidates submit a 1040 and a financial statement and the one with the highest bank account automatically gets seated. Why go vote at all?

Is there a difference here in that example?

You decide but I certainly hope that Bill Lamb gets back to being what he used to be. Someone the community looked up to for fair and balanced POV's. The bias and abuse of power in this POV segment to seemingly help a friend is diminishing that ethical reputation we all know he had.

Just sayin'...........

2 comments:

  1. DEAR MR. LAMB MY HUSBAND AND I WERE WATCHING A COMMERCIAL ON TELEVISION LAST WEEK AND SAW A NEWS CAST WITH FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON AND JACK CONWAY AND IF WE ARE NOT MISTAKEN TRENT DEJERIO(HOPE I SPELLED RIGHT)WAS STANDING RIGHT BESIDE THEM.......SO OUR QUESTION IS THIS HOW DOES A CONVICTED MURDERER GET TO STAND SIDE BY SIDE WITH OUR FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS THIS HIS REWARD FOR KILLING A YOUNG MAN GETTING THE PRIVALEDGE TO STAND WITH THE PRESIDENT WOW IF SO WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE ARE THEY SENDING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE (KILL SOMEONE AND THEN YOU GET TO HOBKNOB WITH FAMOUS PEOPLE......SHAME SHAME SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Just wanted you to know, Bill, that there is a meeting tomorrow a floor above the AFSCME/JCAESP union office between an arbitrator, the union and non-union members paying fair share who are contesting the fact that dues were raised while union members dues stayed the same. Considering the fact that fair share, aka agency fee, started in 2010 and raised funds for AFSCME/JCAESP possibly close to 1/2 a million dollars that the union didn't have the year before, what was the need to increase it another estimated $90,000 this year? Was there really that much collective bargaining and arbitration going on? And why aren't members paying dues. Some statistics have found that less than 50% of classified workers are union members... so fair share non-union members are paying at least 1/2 the budget of the union now. Fair share was never part of any employment contracts, and where all the money from last year went has never been disclosed. The meeting is at 9:30 a.m. on Friday the 14th. It only addresses the raise in fair share. The right to fight fair share comes probably late this year into 2012... please don't let this issue lay down. It would be great if KY could be a Right to Work state.

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