Ethics Complaint Filed Against GOP Governor Primary Frontrunner Daniel Cameron

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for governor, is facing an ethics complaint over donations to a political action committee supporting his election.

The complaint from Steven Megerle, a contributor to Kelly Craft’s campaign, alleges Pace-O-Matic, a software company which develops so-called “gray machines,” donated $100,000 to an unaffiliated PAC supporting Cameron for governor.

The Kentucky General Assembly banned the machines in this year’s legislative session.

The Office of Attorney General Cameron responded to the complaint in a statement posted online.

“To accuse Attorney General Cameron or the Office of the Attorney General of any impropriety, in this case, is wholly without basis & patently untrue,” the statement said. “General Cameron and his Office have always and will continue to defend the laws the General Assembly passes without fear or favor. While General Cameron has personally recused himself from taking any action in this case & did so before any filing was made by the Office experienced attorneys in the Office of the Attorney General are defending the constitutionality of the legislation challenged by the plaintiffs & will continue to do so until the case is won & the challenge is defeated.”

According to Megerle, who filed the lawsuit, the Ethics Commission will have 10 days from the date the complaint was filed to initiate an investigation.

Cameron and Craft are two of the 12 candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Governor in the May 16 Republican primary.