Missouri Ethics Commission hands down Campaign Contribution Decision
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Missouri Ethics Commission hands down Campaign Contribution Decision

Date: November 8, 2007
By: Carly Robertson
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: The Missouri Ethics Commission unanimously voted to proceed investigations regarding excessive contributions in 160 campaigns across the state. Carly Robertson was at the meeting and has more. RunTime:
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These campaigns together are projected at receiving a collective 8.3 million dollars worth of contributions over the legal limit.

The Commission took another small step to resolve this ongoing issue.

It will now send letters to the candidates telling them that they are under investigation.

Candidates may then come forward to plead their case and the hardship they would face in having to return the money.

Both Attorney General Jay Nixon and Governor Matt Blunt have millions of dollars at risk of having to be returned.

However Robert Connor, executive director of the Commission says the term hardship is still unclear.

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Description: "They have to advice us what a hardship is. We have to consider what they say because you can't throw everybody into the same boat.


The public will be kept in the dark as to which candidates decide to fight for their case. 

The hearings will be closed and only after a decision is made will the results be published on the Commission's website. 

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Carly Robertson.


Intro: After brief discussion, the Commission handed down a unanimous ruling to proceed in investigating the 160 candidates, including Attorney General Jay Nixon and Governor Matt Blunt, who are in jeopardy of having to return excessive contributions. Carly Robertson was at the meeting and has more. RunTime:
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The Commission's ruling came after an investigation which revealed that the 260 candidates have a collective 8.3 million dollars at stake.

Warren Neiburg is the head commissioner and he says only those candidates who want to keep the excess contributions would have to argue their case of hardship.

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Description: "Let's say it was a nominal amount that was returned, they would have an opportunity to say that's the end of it and there would be no hearing."

Before any hearings take place, candidates will be notified by mail that they are under investigation by the Commission.

It is then up to the Commission to determine whether there is reasonable cause for a hearing to take place.

Neiburg stated during the meeting that he hopes to have all of the matters resolved by late February.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Carly Robertson.