A special prosecutor has been assigned to investigate a complaint alleging Sullivan University officials violated campaign finance law.
Jim Crawford, who is the commonwealth attorney for Carroll, Owen and Grant counties, was appointed Friday by the Attorney General’s office, according to The Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader.
The complaint alleges Sullivan officials told employees not to vote for Attorney General Jack Conway in the Nov. 8 election and to contribute to his opponent, Todd P’Pool.
Conway’s spokeswoman, Allison Martin, says Conway recused his office from investigating since it involves his re-election campaign.
The issue comes as Conway’s office is investigating several for-profit colleges for possible violations of consumer protection laws.
Sullivan attorney Grover Potts Jr. said it was appropriate for Conway to remove himself from the investigation and he is confident the probe will clear the school.
"We don’t believe this matter involves any violation of Kentucky law, and we believe an investigation will conclude that," he said.