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Missouri Ethics Commission levies $322,000 fine

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A one-time Missouri state Senate candidate and his campaign treasurer have been fined $322,000 for finance violations two years ago.

Former Missouri House member Rodney Hubbard narrowly lost a Democratic primary for a state Senate seat from the St. Louis area in 2008.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday the Missouri Ethics Commission levied the fine against Hubbard, his campaign and the campaign’s treasurer.

The commission concluded Hubbard did not properly report $129,000 in campaign spending and $86,000 in contributions. The commission also says the campaign did not properly report payments to a political consultant.

The three parties can settle the matter by paying 10 percent of the total fine — about $32,000 — within 90 days. But the commission will pursue the balance if they have other violations in the next two years.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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