11:09am

Fri August 12, 2011
All Politics are Local

School Urges Support for Conway's Opponent

A former admissions officer at the for-profit Spencerian College in Louisville  told the Lexington Herald-Leader Thursday that executives being investigated by Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway have urged employees to support his opponent in the fall election.  Campaign finance records show the chancellor of Sullivan University, which owns Spencerian, and his executives contributed $12,000 to Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool’s campaign.

From the Herald-Leader:

Spencerian College, owned by the Sullivan University System, is one of the for-profit schools whose business practices Conway is investigating. Conway’s office confirmed Wednesday that it subpoenaed documents from Spencerian College in December as part of its ongoing investigation.

Conway has taken legal action against Daymar College and Brown Mackie College, alleging they defrauded students and manipulated government-tuition assistance programs, respectively.

In public remarks, Sullivan University Chancellor A.R. Sullivan has defended the for-profit college industry and criticized Conway’s investigation as “a re-election sham.”

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Conway spokeswoman Allison Martin called the fund-raising a “desperate act by the target of an investigation,” but she said it “will not deter the Office of the Attorney General from its statutory obligation to protect the consumers of Kentucky from fraudulent and deceptive practices.”

State law prohibits employers from coercing or directing workers to vote for any political party or candidate and considers doing such a felony.

Sullivan is also hosting a fundraiser for P’Pool on Thursday.