JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The committee overseeing Missouri’s ethics regulations has fined a Virginia-based conservative group for actions during the 2018 August primary election.
The Missouri Ethics Commission fined Young Americans For Liberty $1,100 for inaccurate “paid for by” disclosure statements and failing to timely file expenditure reports.
“Based on the investigation report, the Commission determined that there were reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of the law occurred…” states the consent order.
The first count alleges that Young Americans For Liberty failed to timely file non-committee expenditure reports.
According to order, the conservative group untimely filed 12 non-committee expenditure reports totaling $53,872.31 that were required to be filed within 14 days and untimely filed eights non-committee expenditure reports totaling $19,951.53 that were required to be filed within 48 hours.
The second count alleges that the organization failed to include an accurate “paid for by” disclosure.
Young Americans For Liberty distributed door hangers that did not contain the name of the principal officer of the entity, by whatever title known, and the mailing address of the entity, according to the order.
All of the counts are related to activity the group did in support of candidates for the 2018 August primary election.
Provided that Young Americans For Liberty write a check within 45 days, and do not commit any further campaign finance violations for two years, they will only be on the hook for $200 of the $1,100 fine issued by the Missouri Ethics Commission.
At the same meeting, the commission opted to take action against a South Howell County official for “Constitution/Nepotism” violations.
Though the order is officially closed, James McGee has tendered his resignation as Administrator of the South Howell County Ambulance District.
The complaint filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission alleged that McGee violated the Missouri Constitution when he hired his son-in-law and promoted his biological son.
Alisha Shurr is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine. She joined the Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University. Contact Alisha at firstname.lastname@example.org.