Nixon given deadline to account for vehicle use.
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Nixon given deadline to account for vehicle use.

Date: November 28, 2007
By: Ben DeMeyer
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: After Jay Nixon did not respond to requests to explain the use of his state vehicle for political purposes, the Commissioner of the Office of Administration has given him a time line to comply.

Benjamin DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more. 

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The Commissioner, Michael Keathley, is asking Nixon to respond to his request by December seventh, either with the requested information, or an estimate of when the information may be ready.

Nixon's campaign had written a forty-seven thousand dollar check to the state as reimbursement for the use of state property for personal reasons, but Keathley says the campaign failed to explain how they arrived at forty-seven thousand dollars as the amount owed.

 

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Description: We have no distinction, no accounting for him  how much of that is employee time, which employees it is, what rate those employees are being paid by state finance, state funds, and how much mileage it is.


Keathley cited a section of Missouri statutes that may give him the power to subpoena Nixon if he does not respond in the designated time.

From the state capitol, this is Benjamin DeMeyer.


Intro: The Office of Administration Commissioner is asking Jay Nixon to account for his use of state property and employees in order to explain a forty-seven thousand dollar check from Nixon's campaign.

Benjamin DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more.

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The Commissioner, Michael Keathley, asked Nixon in October to explain how the campaign arrived at forty-seven thousand dollars as the amount owed, and Nixon never responded.

Now Keathley has sent Nixon another letter, this time giving him a deadline of December seventh to either produce the requested information or reply with an estimate of when the information will be ready.

Keathley says this particular case is different from past examples of state officials using their vehicles for political events.

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Description: The attorney general in fact told the state auditor over a year ago that he had made no personal campaign use of any state vehicles and then has come back since and changed his statement.

Nixon's campaign says they plan to provide more information to the Office of Administration.

From the state capitol, this is Benjamin DeMeyer.