Courts & Crime

Kentucky politicians get big bucks from nursing home industry

The nursing home industry gave at least $1.8 million to Kentucky politicians over the last decade while lobbying against bills that would require them to hire more direct-care employees, face higher fines for violations and abide by stronger precautions against elder abuse, among others.

The Herald-Leader examined the industry's campaign donations following stories earlier this summer that revealed systemic gaps in the state's handling of abuse and neglect cases at nursing homes.

Also in response to those stories, Gov. Steve Beshear — who has taken at least $58,500 in industry donations, and whose brother, David Beshear, helps care for patients at a nursing home in Dawson Springs — announced a review of how his administration handles reports of abuse and neglect of residents.

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