Campaign Donors Beware: No Refunds Required From Candidates With A Past
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The Missouri Ethics Commission says there’s no law requiring candidates to return campaign contributions to donors who change their minds when a candidate’s skeltons tumble out of the closet.
The issue came up after at least one of Lt. Governor Peter Kinder’s major donors is reportedly asking for a refund in the wake of news stories revealing Kinder’s hidden past with an exotic dancer. Kinder is a Republican considered to be the front-runner against Democratic incumbent Governor Jay Nixon.
The news site Politico is reporting Joplin businessman David C. Humprheys, whose family owns Tamko Building Products, wants Kinder to return at least $125,000.
“If I had known this about him I would not have supported him in the past,” Humprheys reportedly told Politico.
Humprheys did not return our calls seeking comment.
The Missouri Ethics Commission, which oversees campaign contributions, says the law has no provision for mandatory refunds.
“In the campaign finance law there’s nothing in the law that specifically requires a candidate or a committee to return money to a donor once that money’s been already contributed,” said Executive Director Julie Allen.
Kinder spokesman Jared Craighead said they have “no comment at this time.”
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