Lt. Gov. says thousands of dollars of campaign funds were misspent
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says thousands of dollars of campaign funds were misspent by former aides and he has referred the matter to the U.S. attorney's office.
Kinder's gubernatorial campaign released a statement Friday saying that an internal investigation found that former contractors had prepared incorrect reports to the Missouri Ethics Commission "to conceal unauthorized payments and expenditures."
Kinder's statement did not identify the former contactors at issue.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in St. Louis said its policy is to neither confirm nor deny the existence of investigations.
Kinder's campaign says it was tipped off to "financial discrepancies" dating back several years shortly after he announced in July that he was entering the governor's race.