Law firm lands lucrative extension of contract in corruption probe

The Indianapolis office of law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister has been awarded a two-year, $500,000 extension of its contract with the state of Kentucky to investigate corruption in the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear.

Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration extended a contract in June with Taft Stettinius & Hollister to perform the investigation into his Democratic predecessor's administration. It originally had awarded the contract to the firm in 2016 through the state Finance and Administration Cabinet.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the potential cost to Kentucky taxpayers for Bevin's investigation of former Gov. Steve Beshear's administration has doubled to reach $1 million.

Cabinet spokeswoman Pamela Trautner said Tuesday the renewed contract is for investigative and legal services.

Beshear says Bevin "has now decided to waste another half a million dollars and another two years to continue his fruitless search."

Taft Stettinius & Hollister is based in Cincinnati and maintains 10 offices in the Midwest with a total of about 450 attorneys. The Indianapolis office has 121 attorneys, according to IBJ research, which makes it the Indianapolis area's fourth-largest firm.

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