Matt Bevin updates financial disclosure statement to include positions with bell, education software companies

10/01/2015 06:25 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin has filed an amended financial disclosure statement with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, listing positions with two companies that had been publicized but previously unreported to the agency.

Bevin’s campaign called the updated disclosure filed on Tuesday, the day before the ethics commission met on Wednesday, “a non-issue” and said the candidate filed an amended report “to resolve any questions on the matter.”

Bevin’s campaign had previously said the candidate was not required to disclose positions as president of Bevin Bros. Manufacturing, his family’s Connecticut-based bell-making company, and past manager of education software company Academic Merit because both companies belong to Maine-based Integrity Holdings, which Bevin claimed on his original financial disclosure form.

The statement covers calendar year 2014.

Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto noted that the candidate has been anything but shy about his position with the bell-maker. In fact, a bell is prominent in his campaign logo.

“It is absurd for the Democrats to claim that Matt Bevin is trying to hide his affiliation with Bevin Bells when the family business has been widely talked about in our own ads,” Ditto said in an email to Pure Politics. “The fact that the Democrats are pushing these sideshow attacks demonstrates just how desperate they are to keep the spotlight off of their own candidate.

“Despite the millions of dollars the Democrats have spent smearing Matt the polls have remain unchanged. The voters of Kentucky know better than to believe these desperate attacks. This week, our campaign went on the air with a seven-figure buy to counter these negative attacks and share Matt’s positive vision for Kentucky. Matt will continue to campaign on the real issues facing the next governor.”

Executive Branch Ethics Commission Executive Director Kathryn Gabhart said she could neither confirm nor deny whether the panel had requested an updated filing from Bevin, which was obtained through an open records request.

She had previously told the Associated Press in June her belief that the disclosure statement required Bevin to list “all positions he has held in all of the businesses.”

Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway’s campaign took Bevin’s updated financial disclosure statement to further their narrative that the Louisville businessman is untrustworthy and pivoted to another familiar line of attack.

“The fact that Bevin tried to hide this information from Kentuckians for so long only underscores why it’s so troubling that he is continuing to break Kentucky’s long, bipartisan tradition by refusing to release his tax returns,” Conway campaign spokesman Daniel Kemp said in a statement. “It’s more proof why Republicans called Bevin an ‘East Coast Con Man’ and that we cannot trust him to serve as our governor.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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