FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2015
CONTACT: Mike Biagi, Executive Director, Republican Party of Kentucky, (502) 875-5130
Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture Jean-Marie Lawson Spann and her father, Sam Lawson, have been illegally using corporate resources to help her campaign, according to a Kentucky Registry of Election Finance complaint filed Thursday by the Republican Party of Kentucky (RPK).
“Jean-Marie Lawson Spann and her dad have spent the summer blatantly disregarding Kentucky campaign finance laws and using their radio show to illegally promote her corporate sponsored campaign,” said Mike Biagi, Executive Director of the RPK.
The complaint provides transcripts from episodes of the ‘Jean Marie Ag Show’ from July 13th through September 21st that show Sam Lawson reading recaps of his daughter’s campaign activities from the previous week and reporting support she has received in her campaign for Agriculture Commissioner.
For example, the complaint states that, on the August 3rd show, Sam Lawson said about attendees at a meet-and-greet in Graves County “they all pledged their support for your campaign.” On the August 31st show, Sam Lawson said, “Then we headed to Lexington to speak to the United Mine Workers of America, who have endorsed your campaign.”
According to the Kentucky Secretary of State Website, Lawson Marketing was incorporated in 2012 and Sam Lawson and Jean-Marie Lawson Spann currently serve as President and Vice-President. Kentucky law bans corporations from contributing to political campaigns.
“Every Kentuckian should be concerned by the fact that the Lawsons have so callously disregarded the law in a desperate attempt to gain power. This is a very serious issue and we urge the Registry to act quickly to investigate these allegations,” said Biagi. “While I realize the wheels of justice turn slowly, in the meantime, it’s important that the voters of Kentucky know about Mrs. Lawson Spann’s actions that should disqualify her from office.”
A copy of the complaint is attached here.