You know sometimes it is comical watching supposed top notch lawyers try to cover their butts when caught in obvious lies. Thanks to the spin in the Courier by Joe Gerth Bill would limit what candidate could spend courier-journal.com The Courier-Journal I have to write this and lay it out.
Larry Clark being true to form has filed legislation without even knowing the law.
He has been led down a path of outright lies by the KREF assumedly initiated by their favorite son Sheryl Snyder. Clark apparently bought the lie without checking out the facts and put forth HB 214 a bill that would supposedly make the law clearer in regards to campaign gifts given by family members to candidates running for election.
He even used the King case as the reason why we need this unnecessary legislation. In fact he is wasting our resources in trying to help cover up a scam.
Apparently the KREF and Snyder are trying to cover their butts since they both got burned on the Jim/Katie King case I have been pursuing for over a year and found a gullible ready, willing, and able partner in Clark.
The KRS statutes already clearly address this issue. Read below:
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…
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…
The law is clear. The real problem is not the law it is enforcement of it. And that falls on the
KREF who is tasked with the administration of the law.
Why is this then a problem for Snyder and Cubbage of Frost,Brown,and Todd?
From the CJ article:
Sheryl Snyder, the Kings’ lawyer, welcomed the legislation, saying that it would have saved his clients time, money and trouble had the law been changed before the 2008 election.
“If the statute had been clearly written so people knew what the rules were, the Kings wouldn’t have made the gift, wouldn’t have had the ensuing litigation expenses, much less the criticism,” Snyder said.
Yet Snyder defeats his own argument again. The law is clear as shown above but Snyder himself had personal knowledge that it was illegal.
In 2000 Sheryl Snyder and Amy Cubbage argued on behalf of the KREF for House Bill 750. This bill essentially would have made allowable under law exactly what Jim King did. The problem is that the bill never passed.
Snyder and Cubbage LOST which proves that they KNEW what Jim King was doing was illegal.
Jim King has stated over and over that his attorneys advised him that he could "gift" this money to Katie thus setting the stage for where we are now.
The KREF itself acknowledged that King was openly trying to circumvent the campaign limits especially after Amy Cubbage contacted the registry in June 2008 a clear month prior to King's self serving email. So naturally they have some guilt by coming to the "non knowing" conclusion they used to take the easy way out.
The reason this case continues in the manner it is really comes down to this very simple problem.
If Snyder and Cubbage told King he could gift this money then they facilitated a criminal act knowingly and willfully. Using this logic King has grounds to sue the hell out of Snyder and Cubbage of Frost, Brown, and Todd and he should do so immediately. The innocent should never be treated this way. They should be disbarred over this fiasco they created.
If they did not tell King he could do this then King would also be guilty of perjury.
The KREF itself has loads of guilt here. They did not show supporting documentation in many of the things they disregarded and did a poor job overall of an investigation. Hopefully, the Kentucky State Police can do much better. The KREF is not a well equipped investigative agency with little to no training or oversight.
Either way at this point the KREF itself can bear no responsibility for the King's criminal behavior. That responsibility lies with Jim/Katie King and Frost, Brown, and Todd's Snyder and Cubbage.
Yes there will be charges brought against Sheryl Snyder and Amy Cubbage for criminal facilitation. I will file them myself including bar charges.
This has to be done to prove who is lying and get to the truth. There will also be additional charges against Jim and Katie King as well.
There have been rumors already being talked about that there was collusion in regards to Snyder and the KREF in this matter. They are being investigated as we speak with charges forthcoming if proven true.
The mistakes by these clowns keep piling up.
Bottom line. This will not go away.
Oh yeah before I forget. Larry Clark has got to be the dumbest Rep in the House for falling for this BS without checking the facts first.
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