Tag: Missouri Ethics Commission

Senate approves one appointment to Ethics Commission, quorum re-established

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Ethics Commission is now in a position to begin hearing cases once again. The MEC had been rendered ineffective in mid-March when three of its members’ terms expired. But with a voice vote of the Missouri Senate on Thursday, the commission now meets the bare minimum number of members required for a quorum. The Senate gave their approval of an appointment by Gov. Eric Greitens, adding former state Rep. Wayne Henke, […]

Amendment 2 provision barring businesses from contributing to own PACs being challenged in courts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An advisory opinion by the Missouri Ethics Commission concerning campaign donations is being challenged in the courts. The lawsuit, filed by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, seeks to reverse the opinion issued by the MEC, blocking businesses from putting money into their own political action committees. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Joyce heard arguments in the lawsuit on Thursday. “We believe the Missouri Ethics Commission opinion places an […]

Hawley becomes latest target for an ethics complaint

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Governor Eric Greitens is not the only statewide politician facing an ethics complaint now. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is the latest politician to be named in an ethics complaint filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission this week by Democratic attorney and lobbyist Jane Dueker, former chief of staff for Gov. Bob Holden. The complaint, filed on Tuesday, claims that Hawley did not disclose free legal representation from a Washington, D.C. […]

Senators not happy about lame duck Ethics Commission, suggest that Lt. Gov. make MEC appointments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – “Beware the Ides of March.” March 15th has always been associated with the betrayal and assassination of Julius Caesar, and has, for more than two millennia, served as a stark warning of caution to politicians. But in the year 2018, the Ides of March carries another reason for concern in the Show-Me State. As of March 15, the terms of three members of the Missouri Ethics Commission – Bill Deeken, a […]

The Mission continues looks to distance themselves from founder and embattled Governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As the circle continues tightening around the embattled governor of Missouri, it seems that some of those most closely tied to Gov. Eric R. Greitens are jumping ship to distance themselves from the tumultuous times the Governor is facing. The Mission Continues, a charity organization started by Greitens in 2007, released a letter this week following news that Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office would be opening an inquiry into the […]

Missouri’s high court upholds Wright-Jones’ ethic violation fees

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Ethics Commission was within constitutional bounds when imposing nearly $230,000 in fees for ethics violations against a former senator, according to the state’s high court. Robin Wright-Jones Former-Sen. Robin Wright-Jones was appealing the commission’s $229,964 “fine” — which was lowered from the original $271,580 — for ethics violations in relation to failing to accurately report contributions, failing to report expenditures, improperly reporting consulting fees and cash expenditures that violated […]

Missouri Ethics Commission seeks to bar Curtis from producing evidence in hearing

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis is once again in the hot seat for allegedly violating several of Missouri’s campaign finance laws. The Ferguson Democrat has been facing steep penalties from the Missouri Ethics Commission after an investigation found nine counts of various violations, the price tag of which reins in at more than $100,000. But Curtis appealed the order back in July, saying that “a combination of a stolen campaign laptop with […]

Missouri Chamber sues for right to contribute to its own PAC

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It hasn’t yet been a year since Missouri voters passed Amendment 2, a campaign contribution reform measure seeking to place restrictions on how money can be donated or maneuvered in the realm of Missouri elections, but it’s already led to a number of legal challenges in the Show-Me State. Now, one more can be added to the list, as the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday filed a lawsuit […]