The Herald-Leader will fact-check statements made by candidates and their surrogates leading up to the Nov. 8 election.
The statement: "As a lawyer, Todd P'Pool was twice cited for improperly billing state government."
— Bluegrass Committee for Justice and Fairness, a third-party political group supporting Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, in a television commercial
The ruling: Half true
The facts: As Hopkins County attorney, Republican candidate for attorney general Todd P'Pool bills the state for hours he works enforcing Kentucky's child-support collection laws.
State officials have never alleged that P'Pool submitted inaccurate or improper bills. But they have twice told him that he must keep better records so that auditors can verify his billing information.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services sent P'Pool two letters — one in 2008 and a second in 2010 — warning him that he failed to maintain documents that provide details about which child-support collection cases he helped litigate and how much time he spent on them.
"It has come to my attention that documents required under your contract are not being maintained as directed by the terms of our agreement," wrote Steven Veno, deputy commissioner for child support enforcement, in December 2010. "It is important that those logs are maintained and made readily available to this program, contract monitors, and any other state or federal auditors who may request them."
P'Pool was first elected as Hopkins County attorney in 2006 and again in 2010. He frequently notes that he won state awards for outstanding performance in collecting child-support payments in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Beth Musgrave, firstname.lastname@example.org