Kansas City lawmaker faces $30,585 in ethics fees
Monday, March 19, 2012
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Democratic Missouri House member has been assessed $30,585 in fees by the state Ethics Commission.
The commission publicized its order Monday against Leonard “Jonas” Hughes IV and his campaign committee.
Among other things, the commission concluded that the Kansas City lawmaker used some campaign contributions for personal uses and wrongly made cash payments of greater than $50. The commission also says Hughes did not file three financial reports and filed another late.
Much of the fine can be reduced if Hughes pays $2,200 within 45 days and does not commit additional violations.
Hughes first was elected in 2004 and cannot seek re-election because of term limits. Last year, Hughes could not be sworn in for a month because he owed $19,090 in ethics fees.