Lawmaker Shifted Campaign Money

1 decade 4 months 23 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2007 Aug 15, 2007 Wednesday, August 15, 2007 11:11:24 AM CDT August 15, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Days before Missouri House member Nathan Cooper pleaded guilty to fraud charges, he ordered a transfer of campaign funds. The move appears to prevent the return of the $66,000 to the 130 donors who gave it to the Cape Girardeau Republican. Cooper ordered campaign treasurer Victor Gunn to dissolve his campaign committee. He also instructed Gunn to pay all outstanding bills and to transfer the remaining money to another campaign committee. Gunn tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he would have refused to transfer the money if he'd known of Cooper's legal troubles. The law dictates that the committee give the money only to other campaign committees, the state treasury, or to charity. Gunn said the money should go back to the donors. Gunn also is upset because most of the transferred money was collected a little over a month ago, at a fundraiser that Cooper held for his political campaign. At the time, Cooper already was dealing in private with federal investigators from the U.S. attorney's office. Cooper resigned from the state House effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday. He also has said he will surrender his law license.

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