Adam Edelen says Ky. colleges, universities and their private foundations would be open to auditing under his watch

07/08/2011 01:54 PM

Kentucky’s universities and colleges, including their private foundations, are open for auditing by the state Auditor of Public Accounts, Democratic candidate for that office, Adam Edelen, told Pure Politics.

Edelen, the former chief of staff to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, is running against Republican John Kemper in a race this fall to replace the term-limited Crit Luallen.

In his interview on Pure Politics, Edelen said he believes anything or anyone that receives public money, whether it be tax dollars or tuition dollars, is open for auditing by the state office.

“I take a very broad view that the auditor can take a look at anything it wants to look at,” Edelen said.

That includes colleges, universities and their private foundations, where many fundraising dollars are raised and held. Edelen also said he believes auditing the higher education institutions would allow the public to hold universities to standards set by the General Assembly.

“What we’ve got to make sure is that the auditor is taking a look at the performance of universities, that we’re meeting the metrics that were lined out in the Top 20 legislation,” Edelen said.

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