Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton responds to ethics complaint against her

Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton responds to ethics complaint against her
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (Source: WAVE 3 News)

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.

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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:

"This afternoon, May 17th, I was just served with an Ethics Complaint that it seems everyone in the media received yesterday, even before I was officially notified. Let me state unequivocally that these allegations are baseless and a desperate attempt for voter suppression in the primary race for Metro Council District 5.

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