gavel book 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (12/24/12) – Judge Anthony Wilhoit, Executive Director of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, recently received the highest international award given to a person working in the area of ethics, campaign finance, or election law.

At a ceremony in Columbus, Ohio, Wilhoit received the COGEL Award, presented by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws, a professional organization for agencies, organizations, and individuals with responsibilities in ethics, elections, campaign finance, lobbying laws, and freedom of information. COGEL includes members from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and other nations.

Former President Jimmy Carter and U.S. Senators John McCain and Russ Feingold are among the past recipients of the COGEL Award.

“In my 40 years as a journalist covering government and politics, I have known no one who has contributed more to ethical standards and ethical performance in public office than Judge Anthony Wilhoit,” said Al Cross, a fellow Kentuckian who was asked by COGEL to present the award to Wilhoit.

Cross is Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky, and a long-time reporter and columnist. Cross works with Wilhoit on the Kentucky Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee, a non-profit, non-partisan group that tries to discourage campaigning that “erodes the dignity, integrity and independence of the judiciary.”

“When lawyers, judges, legislators, and civic-minded people in Kentucky think about government ethics, Judge Wilhoit’s name is the first that comes to mind,” Cross said at the award ceremony. “So I’m glad COGEL is giving him the national recognition he so well deserves.”
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