Common Cause Kentucky http://wkms.org en Kentucky Lawmakers Treated to Lavish Parties http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-treated-lavish-parties <p></p><p>Lobbyists have treated Frankfort lawmakers to lavish parties spending more than $77,000 in just January and February.</p><p>Financial reports filed with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission show the most expensive of those get-togethers was at the Buffalo Trace bourbon distillery and cost nearly $15,000. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:37:35 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 30265 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Lawmakers Treated to Lavish Parties ALEC to be Examined by Attorney General Office http://wkms.org/post/alec-be-examined-attorney-general-office <p>The advocacy group Common Cause is asking federal agencies to remove the non-profit tax-exempt status of the American Legislative Exchange Council. The ALEC provides lawmakers with sample legislation and talking points, often to promote conservative issues, and Common Cause says the organization is a lobbying group. Kentucky&#39;s ALEC co-chair, Senator Tom Buford, says Common Cause could be considered a Democratic group, and isn&rsquo;t worried about the organization being examined by the Attorney General&rsquo;s office. Wed, 02 May 2012 20:25:22 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17832 at http://wkms.org ALEC to be Examined by Attorney General Office Common Cause Challenges ALEC's Tax Status http://wkms.org/post/common-cause-challenges-alecs-tax-status <p>A government watchdog group is challenging the tax-exempt status of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a national group that&#39;s active in state legislatures across the country. Common Cause of Kentucky Chairman Richard Beliles is asking Attorney General Jack Conway to review whether the group should be taxed in Kentucky. Beliles&#39; action comes on the heels of a national-level initiative to try to get the IRS to revoke the group&#39;s 502(c) (3) status. Wed, 02 May 2012 14:15:43 +0000 Associated Press 17828 at http://wkms.org