From the Louisville Courier-Journal: Republican mega-donor urged Matt Bevin to pardon Patrick Baker

By JOE SONKA and PHILLIP M. BAILEY

A prominent Kentucky banker who is one of the state’s largest Republican donors urged former Gov. Matt Bevin to pardon convicted killer Patrick Baker months before the outgoing governor issued a controversial last-minute order freeing the man.

Terry Forcht, founder of Corbin-based Forcht Bank, has given more than $1 million to Republican candidates, committees and super PACs over the past decade, state and federal campaign records show.

Forcht hosted a reelection fundraiser for Bevin on March 23, 2019, at his home near London, Kentucky, where he raised $33,150. Forcht also gave $100,000 to the Matt Bevin-Jenean Hampton Inaugural Committee in 2015.

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