FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear's re-election campaign is paying again for his holiday greeting cards.
Matt Osborne, a spokesman for the campaign, said Monday that no state tax money was used for the cards, which feature two photos.
One is of the Beshear family farm in Clark County in a snow-covered scene with the words "Christmas in Kentucky."
Another photo shows the Democratic governor and his wife, Jane, with their two sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren alongside a horse in a barn.
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The card notes that the family photo was taken by Lexington free-lance photographer David Cronen instead of a state photographer.
"Warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season!" is the card's sentiment.
The back of the card says "Thank you for your support" and carries the political disclaimer "Paid for by Beshear/Abramson 2011" with the name of the campaign treasurer, Lindy Karns. Beshear's running mate for his 2011 re-election bid is Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson.
Asked how many cards were being mailed, Osborne said only that they were "being sent to a lot" of Beshear's friends and supporters. Last year, the campaign said it printed 1,000 cards.
Beshear's holiday card created a hoopla in 2008 when the state Republican Party got a ruling from the Registry of Election Finance that said a political party cannot pay for Christmas cards featuring only an elected official and his or her family.
The Kentucky Democratic Party had intended to pay for Beshear's 2008 cards. The GOP had considered sending cards featuring its two constitutional officers — Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer.