KDP Files Ethics Complaints Against State Rep. Prunty for Use of Government Resources in State Rep. Campaign
On Monday, the Kentucky Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint against Representative Prunty for misuse of government resources in violation of KRS 6.731(5).
Specifically, on September 25, 2018, Rep. Prunty used her government email account to send an “email newsletter” in direct response to an online digital advertising campaign highlighting her vote for House Bill 2, the worker’s compensation bill, that created obstacles for coal miners getting diagnosed with black lung disease.
The advertisement from the Kentucky Democratic Party ran from approximately September 6th – September 12th, 2018 and linked to a webpage that featured a video about the negative impacts of the bill on coal miners and the diagnosis of black lung disease.
Rep. Prunty sent the newsletter less than two weeks after the Kentucky Democratic Party began their digital advertisement against her and within 60 days of Election Day.
State legislators are prohibited from using “public funds, time, or personnel for partisan political campaign activity.” By using government resources and taxpayer money to support her campaign, Rep. Prunty is in violation of KRS 6.731(5).
“This is an improper use of government resources and a violation of the public trust,” said Marisa McNee, spokesperson for the Kentucky Democratic Party. “One of the first things every legislator gets each session is a training in ethics and for a member to break such a commonsense rule in such a flagrant manner is appalling.”