Democrats question Kinder hotel bill in KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats are raising questions about a hotel stay in Kansas City by Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

The Kansas City Star reported Thursday that Kinder spent $706 for a three-night stay at the Intercontinental Hotel in July 2008. Kinder held town hall meetings, toured the construction site of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and, on his last night, hosted a fundraiser featuring Republican operative Karl Rove.

Kinder’s chief of staff, Bill Kenney, said the reimbursement was justified because Kinder met with constituents in his official capacity. The Democratic Party questioned whether the events really were state business.

Earlier this week, Kinder said he would repay the state $35,050 after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported he had charged that amount for 329 nights in St. Louis hotels since 2006.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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