Lt. Governor Kinder Pays Missouri Over $50,000

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has paid the state $52,320 to cover any potentially questionable expense reimbursements during his term in office.

Kinder wrote the check from his personal funds — a change of plans from when he announced earlier this month that his campaign would pay the state $35,050 to cover St. Louis area hotel stays cited in a story by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Kinder campaign attorney Jared Craighead says the new, higher amount is roughly equal to the Republican official’s total instate lodging reimbursements during the past six years. But Craighead also said the payment is intended to cover any potentially questionable expense reimbursement, whether it is for lodging, travel or meals.

The Missouri Democratic Party says an independent audit should be conducted to determine how much Kinder owes.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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