By ED FINKELSTEIN
Well, well, well. It seems the old saying, “Justice ultimately prevails,” has come true for the one turncoat Democrat in the Missouri House of Representatives – Rep. Courtney Curtis (73rd District, Berkeley) – who voted against his own constituents and for two anti-worker bills, the so-called “right-to-work” and the unsuccessful phony “paycheck protection.”
The Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) has fined Curtis $114,000 for “significant” violations of the state’s campaign finance laws.
According to information reported by the Post-Dispatch last week from a 34-page MEC report, Curtis:
• Maintained at least 11 different bank accounts for his re-election fund.
• Deposited campaign contributions into a personal bank account, potentially allowing him to use campaign funds for personal use.
• Deposited more than $63,000 into non-official accounts.
• Made at least 342 expenditures worth more than $51,000 from accounts other than his official campaign account.
• Was his own campaign treasurer.
• Did not maintain “records in accordance with accepted normal bookkeeping procedures.”
• Violated laws that limit cash contributions to no more than $100 by accepting five donations in excess of the limit.
• Used campaign funds to pay for items that were already covered by the state.
Noted the Post-Dispatch story, “…the Missouri Ethics Commission found numerous other violations of laws by Curtis, suggesting that he may have been using his campaign funds as a personal piggybank.”
After concluding its investigation, which began in 2015, the MEC gave Curtis two months to respond to its findings. He presented no legal response.
Curtis has taken $100,000 in two $50,000 donations from the notoriously anti-union David Humphreys and his sister.