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Lon Monk: Johnston worried "we were all doing something wrong"

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When Monk met with John Johnston on Dec. 3, 2008, he tried to put the race track owner at ease about making a hefty contribution so close to the signing of a bill that meant millions of dollars in subsidies for his industry.

"I wanted to let him know why the bill wasn't getting signed," Monk testified -- namely, because the governor wanted $100,000 to sign it -- "and as a result, he should give the contribution now,"

Prosecutor Chris Niewoehner asked Monk if Johnston was only worried that the contribution would create a perception of wrongdoing.

"No," Monk said.

The prosecutor asked what Johnston was worried about.

"That we were all doing something wrong in linking the signing and the donation," Monk said.

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