Kansas City Lawmaker Faces $30,585 in Ethics Fees
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Democratic Missouri House member is pledging to appeal an assessment of $30,585 by the state Ethics Commission.
The commission publicized its order Monday against Leonard "Jonas" Hughes IV and his campaign committee. Among other things, the commission concluded that the Kansas City lawmaker used some campaign contributions for personal uses and wrongly made cash payments of greater than $50. It also says Hughes did not file three financial reports and filed another late.
Much of the fine can be reduced if Hughes pays $2,200 and does not commit additional violations.
Hughes says the commission has not treated him and others fairly.
Hughes cannot seek re-election because of term limits. Last year, Hughes could not be sworn in for a month because he owed $19,090 in ethics fees.