GOP's post #229 was taken down. Does anyone wonder why? Let's see if it remains as I copied it before Topix deleted it. http://www.kentucky.com/2010/07/02/1332137/pi...
Justice's company helped pay for a television ad with racy images of a stripper's behind, criticizing Harris' spending on hotel rooms and bar tabs as an officer and board member for the Kentucky Association of Counties. Harris denied the accusations that he was involved in the spending, which has been investigated by the state auditor's office.
The ad was yanked from the airwaves by Hazard TV station WYMT but was broadcast by InterMountain and Suddenlink cable stations.
Election finance filings by Citizens for Eastern Kentucky Government, which lists a Louisville mailing address, say the group also received $2,500 from The Law Office of Ray Jones & Bill Hickman; $1,500 from RM Johnson Engineering in Hindman; $3,000 from Rayne Ash LLC in Corbin; $2,500 from MGC Supplies Inc. in Dorton; $2,000 from Thomas Smith of Thomas Consulting of Corbin; $1,000 from bookkeeper Patricia Litafik in Phelps; $15,000 from Utility Management Group, which operates Pike County's Mountain Water District; and $500 from UMG's president, Greg May.
Ray Jones, a state senator, does legal work for UMG. Harris, Pike's 6th District magistrate, was highly critical of UMG's operation of the water utility in the past year.
Unauthorized campaign groups are a kind of election committee that can support or oppose particular candidates but can't work in concert with a candidate. At least one donor to Citizens for Eastern Kentucky Government, Litafik, also donated to Harris' primary opponent, Gary Thacker.
Thacker lost the race despite outspending Harris by nearly $13,500.
The News-Express reported that Justice said, through City Manager Donovan Blackburn, that he donated to the campaign group because "Harris has not been a friend to the city," which also is a customer of UMG.
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