Tags: drug | dealers | kentucky | vote

Federal Prosecutor: Drug Dealers Buying Votes In Kentucky

Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 03:39 PM

By Todd Beamon

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A federal prosecutor in eastern Kentucky has been leading the fight against what he says is a vote-buying culture in which major cocaine and marijuana dealers have admitted to buying votes to steal elections.

“We believe that drug money did buy votes,” Kerry Harvey, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, told Fox News on Wednesday. The scheme he described to Fox included “very extensive, organized criminal activity, involving hundreds of thousands of dollars, and in many cases that involves drug money.”

Harvey, with his team and state authorities, has led several federal prosecutions exposing the widespread and accepted practice of vote buying in eastern Kentucky. Two people convicted in April in one case face sentencing this week, while another public official pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy, Fox reports.

The problem, rooted in the communities for generations, apparently arises from economic woes, which is why votes are routinely for sale, according to Fox. Jobs are scarce in eastern Kentucky and poverty is high.

Controlling local government means controlling jobs, Fox reports.

“These folks go out and hijack the local elections for their own purposes, and then they use those jobs to enrich themselves and their confederates,” Harvey explained to Fox. “It really is a terrible problem and it has to be stopped.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Potential Clinton Donors to Meet in New York Next Week

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 22:28 PM

A group will meet in New York next week to discuss ways of raising money for Hillary Clinton as soon as she announces he . . .

Ready For Hillary Eager to Be Put Out of Business

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 14:43 PM

Ready For Hillary is ready to go out of business - just as soon as she announces definitively whether she's running or n . . .

Cassidy: Americans Waiting Too Long for Keystone XL Pipeline

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 10:05 AM

If any bill should have passed Senate approval, it should have been the one to approve the long-awaited Keystone XL pipe . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved