Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, found guilty of trying to sell President Barack Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat, will lose his state pension due to the felony conviction. Former Kentucky State Representative Steve Nunn, however, gets to keep his state pension even after pleading guilty to murder earlier today.
Kentucky law states a lawmaker convicted of a felony loses his pension only if it is a felony “relating to his duties as a legislator.” Nice loophole, I guess. Nunn is also a beneficiary of the 2005 legislative pension grab, though it could have been worse.
Kentucky Roll Call’s Lowell Reese determined that Nunn’s 2009 arrest saved taxpayers half a million dollars in pension benefits, but he will still be able to draw nearly $30,000 a year in prison.