FRANKFORT, Ky. - The head of Kentucky's housing authority testified in federal court on Friday that he told investment firms to give $25,000 apiece to Martha Layne Collins' campaign for governor if they wanted "a level playing field.

Lynn Luallen, executive director of the Kentucky Housing Corp., said he made the requests to eight securities dealers shortly before Collins was elected governor in December 1983. But the solicitation was not part of a conspiracy to direct bond contracts in exchange for political donations, nor did he have a role in any such conspiracy, he said.

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