LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville Metro Council member faces accusations of spending thousands of dollars of taxpayer money for entertainment of immediate family members.
An ethics complaint claims Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-District 5) bought more than $6,000 worth of tickets to a Derby gala, which reserved tables for her relatives, with her discretionary spending fund given to every council member.
WAVE 3 News discovered the city allows such spending for charity events after at least four steps of approval.
The complaint also said records show that Hamilton's legislative assistant gets paid for eight hours a day, but that her employment badge swipes show she works an average of four hours a day.
It also said Hamilton used City Hall computers and printers to create literature for her re-election campaign.
Hamilton called the complaint "dirty politics" and said the allegations are "baseless."
The complaint was issued by Dawn Elliott.
Read Councilwoman Hamilton's full statement below: