Kentucky Republican party drops FEC complaint against Lexington sports radio host

Politics

Matt Jones

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56/AP) — Two years after the Kentucky Republican party filed a complaint against a radio host who was considering a run against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Federal Election Commission has unanimously dropped it.

Matt Jones was temporarily taken off the air after the complaint was filed in 2019.

The Republican Party of Kentucky had claimed Jones’ work at Kentucky Sports Radio, aired by iHeartMedia and his book, published by Simon & Schuster violated federal rules of accepting prohibited corporate contributions.

The Kentucky Sports Radio host told the Courier-Journal for a story published Wednesday that the case demonstrates “why folks are hesitant to run for office.”

The FEC voted 6-0 last month to clear Jones, saying they found no reason to believe any federal rules were violated.

The Republican Party of Kentucky declined to comment.

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