President of Lexington-based foundation says it’s not a public agency

From The Republic:  A Lexington-based foundation that has received more than $1 million from a regional development district since 2009 has declined to release documents to show how the money was spent.

The money that went to the Bluegrass Industrial Foundation was mostly rent paid by the Bluegrass Area Development District. The foundation owns the office building where the development district is located, and its president is Jas Sekhon.

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First Amendment attorney Jon Fleischaker rejected Sekhon's argument that the foundation's financial records should not be made public, noting that at least 75 percent of the foundation's income comes from a public agency.

"I think there is a very strong argument that it is itself a public agency," Fleischaker said.

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