FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul's father-in-law said Monday that that he, his brother and sister split more than $10,000 in federal farm subsidy payments between 1996 and 2007.

Hilton Ashby said the payments were to keep fallow an 85-acre farm that had been passed down from his late father.

Paul's Republican campaign acknowledged Friday that his in-laws had benefited from federal farm subsidies that he has been criticizing while campaigning, triggering accusations of hypocrisy from his Democratic rival.

Paul told a group of Kentucky farmers in Louisville last week that the federal payments may need to be cut to reduce the national debt. Democrat Jack Conway said eliminating the subsidy program, which pumped more than $200 million into the state last year, would hurt farmers.

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